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Pronto4™ / RetroReach ™ Existing Platform Utilization for Current & Future EOD. An Optionally Unmanned Approach. Given That……. The levels of autonomy that are achievable in the future (5-10 years) will be significantly greater than today.

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Pronto4™ / RetroReach ™ Existing Platform Utilization for Current & Future EOD

An Optionally Unmanned Approach

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Given That……

  • The levels of autonomy that are achievable in the future (5-10 years) will be significantly greater than today.

  • Comparison of Manipulators and Vehicles today vs. 30 years ago

    • Consider the difference in an arm and vehicles built in 1977 and 2007, not so much outside several key areas

  • Future Consists of New and Existing Vehicle

    • Add value to existing platforms

    • Leverage phasing of new into fleet

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..We Make a Future Prediction..(Leverage technology growth path)

  • Large Change

    • Power systems

    • Communications

    • Autonomy

      • Software, Sensors, Processor

  • Minimal Change

    • Materials

    • Actuators

    • Mobility

    • Manipulation

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….a Criteria Developed

  • Don’t bury what will change in the device

    • Modular Autonomy

    • Modular Communications

    • Modular Power

  • Assure Ease of Integration into Systems of Systems

    • Communications/Radio system Agnostic

    • Vision System Agnostic

    • Authentication Agnostic

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/w JAUS Interoperability

  • At a System Level

    • Multiple environments working together ex. UGS & UAS

  • At a Sub-System Level

    • Multiple vehicle acting together

  • At a Component Level

    • Addition of components on arm or vehicle

      • Cameras, effectors, sensors

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We suggest an element of the SOS

  • A Non-Dedicated Mobility Platform

    • Adhoc Match of mobility platform to local requirements

    • Can provide a Stronger, More Stable base

    • Achieve Various Configurations

      • Scaled Arm Sizes

      • Multiple Arms

    • Usage of Existing Vehicle and Platform

  • Optionally Unmanned System

    • Operable by a human occupying the vehicle

    • Operable by computer with tele-operation or semi-autonomous

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Optionally Unmanned System

  • Existing supply chain utilization

    • Spares, Maintenance, Training

    • No Need to “Ship New Oil Filters to the Field”

  • Easily Deployable

    • Built in manual mode

    • Natural operation “side-by-side” with humans

  • Lower Cost

    • Ability to test large groups of unmanned systems Now

    • Common training and logistics across branches

  • Multiplier

    • Not necessarily on-to-one approach

    • Reduce need to store unmanned systems and manned systems

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  • Industry Driven Specifications

    • Capable of lifting in excess of 260lbs

    • Precise backlash free, locking joints

    • Independent joint speed/operation control

  • Common Mission Platform

    • SWAT and EOD Operations

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Field Manipulator Retrofit

  • JAUS Interoperable

  • Installs in standard vehicle hitch receiver

  • Uses vehicle power/trailer connection

  • Man portable / Installable

  • Shippable UPS anywhere in world

  • Low tech field installable and qualify-able

  • Companion to Pronto4 Vehicle retrofit kit

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Vehicle Platforms of Interest


    • General usage

  • Transport Vehicles

    • Convoy operations

  • Commercial Vehicles

    • Base operations, perimeter

    • Low cost operations

  • Indigenous Vehicles

    • Covert operations, lower cost

  • Harbor Class Vessels

    • 7 or 11 Meter RHIBs

    • Harbor Patrol

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Pronto4™ Retrofit Kit

The Pronto4 can render any steering-wheel based vehicle capable of unmanned travel with our unique four-four-four process:

A four-person team …

With four backpack-sized modules …

Can field install and qualify the Pronto4™ retrofit kit in four hours.

This installation can take place anywhere in the world, specifically at the point of use.

Installation as UGV or USV

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Pronto4™ Retrofit Kit


JAUS Interoperable

Field installable and qualifiable

Ideal for steering-wheel based vehicles / vessels

Weighs less than 100 lbs.; 12 vdc source

Semi-autonomous and Tele-operation

Compact, modularly-constructed hardware

system with adaptable software capability

Capable of standard driving speeds >60mph

Minimal power and computing requirements

Scalable manufacturing to match build standard

of the vehicle; best commercial practices to MIL-


Low initial cost and low total ownership cost

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Pronto4™ Retrofit Kit


Fits any vehicle or vessel with a steering-wheel

Utilizes existing vehicle supply chain

Reduces total cost of unmanned vehicle ownership

Seamless dual-use — human / drive-by-wire

Optionally Unmanned

Designed and manufactured with multi-source COTS technology

Simple, cost-effective unmanned implementation

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Common Retrofit Approach

Manipulator Plugs&Plays with existing OUGV

Optionally Unmanned Ground Vehicle



Retrofit Manipulator

Standard Vehicle

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RetroReach™ Usage

  • JAUS Interoperable

  • Tele-operate using captive vision system

    • Vehicle and arm mounted cameras

  • Semi-autonomous operations

    • Tool change, trunk open, unload, etc.

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Retrofit Manipulator Installed Capabilities

  • Clearance for trunk/tailgate opening

  • Ability to open/close trunk

  • Reach to top of vehicle

  • Reach into trunk/hatchback for loading and unloading

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Mission Capabilities

  • Render safe explosive device

  • Loading/Unloading trunk or materials stored in the back or on top of the vehicle

  • Inspection of objects

  • Simple assembly of delivered components

  • Collection of samples and data

  • Retrieval/Recovery

  • Winch cable attachment

  • Excavation

  • Deployment of Other platforms

  • Weapon Usage

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Total System Benefits

  • Self Transporting at highway speeds

  • Commonality among all branches

  • Field configuration to match immediate requirements

  • Usage by covert or special teams

  • Significantly lower total cost of ownership

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General Discussion

  • We won’t be static over next 3 years

    • What are some tenants to work by?

  • Will this be a standards driven approach to leverage the most of all companies?

  • Will the OSD model of trialability and experimentation be followed by AEODRS?

  • What are some of your concerns with this approach?

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Action Items

  • What requirements community can we share this technology with such that requirements may be outlined for as a migration funding source with a future leverage path for AEODRS.

  • How do you expect non-traditional companies to migrate from the early production (TRL7) into a "trialability" period were military assets are available for integration? What is the proper process?

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For More Information


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