The Ripsaw M5 Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) developed by team Ripsaw, is a robotic electric tank that is ready to fight. Ripsaw M5 is the 5th generation of Ripsaw providing speed, mobility and unmanned capability. The M5 can silently manoeuvre and keep pace with the current and future manoeuvre forces, pushing capabilities beyond the human formation.
According to the company, it is built based on Howe & Howe’s expertise in building purpose-built ground vehicles, such as EV3-F1, EV3-F2, and EV3-F4.
The new RCV combines both FLIR’s experience in unmanned vehicle technology and Textron’s expertise in defence and technological disruptions.
The robotic tank has a top speed of 64 km/h, features a 360-degree view of its surroundings, and it can be remotely operated from over 1 kilometre away.
The Ripsaw EV3-F4 is one of the world’s fastest dual-tracked vehicles serving the luxury-segment customers.
The exoskeleton of the M5 tank is a rigidly welded tubular structure based on a patented high-performance suspension. The Ripsaw M5 has a maximum gross weight of 3,855.54kg and can carry payloads weighing up to 2,721.5kg.
Moreover, the robotic tank houses a 173mmx30mm cannon and more, the Ripsaw M5 is deadly yet silent. It’s also lightweight, extremely fast and mobile. Ripsaw M5 is fully robotic and will push the future of mechanized combat.
The high modularity of the M5 means it is suitable for several applications. Its open and flat architecture enables the integration of different payloads for multiple combat applications. The vehicle integrates FLIR’s electronics and a turret for carrying weapon systems. It also comes fitted with high-intensity lighting systems.
Moreover, it also can carry two different types of drone vehicles, including the so-called ‘Skyraider’ quadcopter — which has a maximum airspeed of 50 kph, can carry payloads of 2 kg and remain airborne for as long as 50 minutes.
Alongside this, the M5 can transport a smaller robot with a manipulator arm that can both climb stairs — enabling it to investigate buildings — and peer around corners using its retractable surveillance turret.