FNSS Counts Down for Unmanned Ground Vehicles
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Nail Kurt, General Manager of FNSS, told Anadolu Agency that his company has several plans for UGV development, but the main focus is on the projects being carried out with DIA. Within the scope of the contract, he stated that definitions and sub-definitions were made in five different vehicles within the contract scope.Kurt also mentioned that the previous UGV they developed did not have autonomous features because it was impossible to complete autonomous features on time, given the time constraints.At the request of the DIA and Army Command, he explained, a certain level of autonomy and weapon integration is required. Now, studies involving various configurations are being conducted.This study's conceptual proof will be the newly signed contract.Kurt said that once the vehicle is in the field, the necessary changes will be implemented because user interaction and feedback are critical in this process. The first UGV prototype is expected to be delivered next year or sooner for testing.Kurt stated that they want to present the products they have created together to the field, rather than the "we did it, use this" approach, emphasizing the importance of interaction and feedback from the user.Noting that Turkiye is at the beginning of the road regarding unmanned ground vehicles, Kurt said,"I can give you the good news that we are working on the matter and that we can go ahead of the world and that others can take as an example. I thank our users who revealed their wishes and how they can use it."Kurt stated that they anticipate delivery in 2023, that negotiations are ongoing, and that some simple models, 1-2 vehicles, can be delivered in advance, while complex vehicles can be provided later.