The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) needed to assess how unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) could be used from within armoured fighting vehicles by serving soldiers. As well as demonstrating effective operation of unmanned ground vehicles within defence vehicles there was also a need to integrate with existing ways of working.

The MOD and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) commissioned CGI to demonstrate a system that could address this challenge, to be evaluated experimentally using the UK Army training ground, with serving troops and currently fielded vehicles.

Using the CGI OpenLand360 platform and mission system to demonstrate UGV usage, we assembled a team that included Digital Concepts Engineering (DCE), a robotics SME and Human Factors Engineering Solutions (HFES), a specialist human factors consultancy.

Working with Dstl, we added the capability to monitor and control UGVs to the CGI OpenLand360 platform management system. The experiment proved that UGVs can be used by existing crews to increase the horizon of situational awareness using standard control systems. The system assembled by the CGI led team was seamlessly integrated and worked flawlessly during the experiment.

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