Textron Systems Corporation has announced the delivery to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) of the first prototype of the Cottonmouth, a vehicle built specifically for the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) program. Delivery of the concept vehicle took place on December 1, 2022, at the Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC) in Silver Springs, NV.
The small size of the Cottonmouth Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle allows rapid transport of four vehicles in one LCAC-100 type vehicle. This easily deployed platform, which fulfills the mission of a mobile reconnaissance vehicle, can operate in the open sea and overcome obstacles in coastal waters, such as bays, estuaries, rivers, light waves and any type of terrain. Could A multi-domain command and control suite integrated into the vehicle as part of the C4UAS mission role variant allows it to coordinate data and act as organizer of other assets on the battlefield.
As the Textron Company noted in a press release, the system “Built to serve as a Navy sensor node in support of campaign operations, the Cottonmouth vehicle provides a lightweight multi-modal capability for Marines, which is in line with the service’s Force 2030 Design Vision. The 6×6 amphibious platform is equipped for continuous reconnaissance with organic unmanned system capabilities and multi-spectral sensors providing seamless communications between the United States Navy and Marine Corps.,
,Our Cottonmouth vehicle is a completely clean design that provides transformative reconnaissance capability and meets the requirements of the Marine Corps. The vehicle was designed keeping in mind the needs of the customers from the very beginning. With their compact size, Marines can rapidly deploy the next generation of combat power into battle, allowing commanders to accomplish any mission anywhere.said David Phillips, senior vice president of Land & Sea Systems.
The prototype is the second iteration of the vehicle based on lessons learned from the original Alpha prototype vehicle and approximately 3,000 miles of testing. Textron Systems’ Cottonmouth vehicle has completed contractor validation testing of its mobility, buoyancy, Vetronics integration and C4UAS mission capabilities. In addition to the delivery of a fully integrated ARV platform, the company also delivered a blast helmet to the Aberdeen Test Center and a Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL) to the Naval Information Warfare Center-Atlantic, both undergoing government evaluation and testing. The prototype vehicle is now entering its official evaluation phase by the government, which is expected to run until 2023.
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