Date: July 1, 2023
In a groundbreaking collaboration, defense contractor BAE Systems has teamed up with Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) to demonstrate the capabilities of manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) on an amphibious combat vehicle.
MUM-T refers to the collaboration between human-operated vehicles and unmanned systems, enabling enhanced coordination, communication, and situational awareness on the battlefield. This approach combines the strengths of both manned and unmanned platforms, providing military forces with a versatile and effective tool for various missions. The ability of ACV C4UAS to grow and its potential to change the vehicle’s mission parameters are both highlighted by the demonstration of MUM-T, according to BAE. It is intended to increase situational awareness and decision-making capacity, which will improve mission effectiveness for the military.
The joint effort between BAE Systems and IAI will focus on integrating the advanced capabilities of IAI’s unmanned systems with BAE’s Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV). The ACV, designed to operate in both land and water environments, offers high mobility, protection, and firepower. The ACV is a versatile amphibious platform designed to suit the operational requirements of the Marine Corps, providing room for additional capabilities as technology advances such as unmanned aerial system (UAS) systems integration, electronic warfare, and reconnaissance.
The successful implementation of MUM-T on the ACV could have far-reaching implications for future military operations. It could enhance the effectiveness of ground forces in reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, and engagement, ultimately improving mission success rates and reducing potential risks to human personnel.
Garrett Lacaillade, vice president of BAE Systems Amphibious Vehicles product line, stated ” this is an exciting new chapter to show the growth potential of the ACV C4UAS.” “Pairing an unmanned system like the Rex provides increased situational awareness, supports mission success, and reduces risk to our Marines.”