Northrop Grumman's Remotec Inc. unveils Nomad UGV



Northrop Grumman Corporation’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. is unveiling a new UGV called Nomad, which is the newest member of Northrop Grumman’s Andros line of UGVs, and is Interoperability Profile (IOP)-compliant.

Designed using a “proven concurrent engineering process,” Nomad is similar to other systems in the Northrop Grumman Andros fleet, as it incorporates decades’ worth of feedback collected while working with first responder and military customers, in an effort to offer advanced technology, ease of use and reliability.

“Building on our 30-year heritage, Nomad represents another exciting chapter of Andros innovation, performance and value in render-safe operations,” says Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, missile defense and protective systems division, Northrop Grumman.

“Future upgrades can be spiraled via IOP compliance and its next-generation track pods allow Nomad to go where others cannot.”

IOP is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Defense to “organize and maintain interoperability standards for UGVs.”

Using IOP-compliant software messaging and hardware interfaces, Nomad can effortlessly integrate the best available capabilities, sensors and payloads for various types of functions and missions.

Nomad weighs 164 pounds, is 35.5 inches long, 23 inches wide and 26 inches high when “its mast is horizontal or 42 inches high when the mast is fully vertical.”

The UGV is equipped with a manipulator arm that is capable of lifting 15 pounds when fully extended. The arm also features “impressive dexterity through extensive shoulder pitch, shoulder rotation, elbow pitch and wrist roll abilities.”

Thanks to the UGV’s four independent track pods, Nomad has “extreme mobility with stability climbing uneven terrain, complex obstacles and inclines as steep as 60 degrees.”