BAE Systems' Semi-autonomous Black Knight Armored Combat Vehicle
November 8, 2007 11:54 AM
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BAE Systems Black Knight
(Source: Defense Update)
BAE Systems' Black Knight is a formidable weapon for the battlefield
In early October,
brought you the story of
(Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System). The MAARS followed in the footsteps of previous battlefield robots like the
The 300-pound MAARS, on the other hand, brought serious firepower and technology to the table. The MAARS features a M240B Medium Machine Gun and uses GPS tracking to reduce the risk of friendly fire.
While the MAARS is an impressive piece of machinery, BAE Systems is taking battlefield robots to the next level with its
. The Black Knight is a semi-autonomous 9.5 ton tank based on the Bradley fighting vehicle.
The Black Knight can be controlled from the traditional commander's station or by remote control via the Dismounted Control Device (DCD). Due to its advanced programming, the Black Knight can also autonomously plan routes and avoid obstacles without user intervention.
When it comes to the Black Knights armament, human intervention is required to fire rounds (thankfully). Considering that the Black Knight is armed with a 30mm gun and a coaxial machine gun, it's good to know that this tank won't be rolling around firing at anything that moves.
BAE Systems detailed how admirably the Black Knight performed during a demonstration in early 2007.
"While the Bradley Technology Demonstrator was engaging an enemy target from cover in a support by fire position, the Black Knight was able to autonomously move to a covered position and observe the target, using its sensor package to provide battle damage assessment data back to the Bradley," explained BAE Systems.
"If the enemy target needed to be re-engaged, the Black Knight could effectively neutralize the target, but the command to fire would always be made by a remote Soldier and only after the data necessary to make positive identification is received."
It may be years before such potent machinery is available for use on actual battlefields, however.
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RE: Jam the Frequencies
11/8/2007 12:23:39 PM
Antennas are internal, you can't just run up and snap it off and it would be useless. You will also have a hell of a time jamming it. This thing uses modulating frequenceies that are standard in UAV's, we can jam the entire area and those damn UAV's can still communicate just fine. If you could come up with a jammer though, it would be very very high tech.
RE: Jam the Frequencies
11/8/2007 12:43:45 PM
"Oh no! They're adapting!"
"Quick, modulate shield frequencies!"
RE: Jam the Frequencies
11/8/2007 2:23:53 PM
> "Antennas are internal"
You can't put an antenna inside a metal box and it still receive signals (see 'faraday cage' for details why).
I'd be curious to know just how well these antenna are shielded. Probably some nonconducting plug/plate of a tough composite material covering them?
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