Black Knight (vehicle)

The Black Knight is a prototype Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle designed by BAE Systems. Similar in size and appearance to a tank, it is armed with a turret-mounted 30mm gun and a coaxial machine gun. Although the armored vehicle can be controlled from a command center, the Black Knight does feature some autonomous functions in the turret and can also plan a route without hitting obstacles by itself. If necessary, the Black Knight can also be controlled by a Dismounted Control Device (DCD). Information from the robot is relayed to and viewed by the Commander's Independent Viewer (CIV), or to the DCD in the latter case. The vehicle is fitted with a Caterpillar diesel engine, developing 300 horsepower. The Black Knight uses many automotive components from the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles to reduce costs and simplify maintenance. Its high maximum speed allows it to keep pace with main battle tanks. The Black Knight can be airlifted by the C-130 transport aircraft. It is an early prototype, which demonstrates advanced robotic technologies. Vehicle is currently being tested and evaluated by the US Army.

Length 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
Width 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
Height 2 m (6 ft 7 in)
30 mm cannon
7.62 mm machine gun
Engine Caterpillar diesel
300 hp
Speed 77 km/h (48 mph)


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