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GDLS from US unveils its new TRX SHORAD robotic air defense system.

| 2023

The American company GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) unveils its new TRX SHORAD, a new robotic short-range air defense system based on the modular Tracked Robot 10-ton (TRX) technology demonstrator. The new TRX variant will be presented for the first time during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium & Exposition, scheduled for March 28 to 30, 2023, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., United States.
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The General Dynamics Land Systems TRX SHORAD is a new robotic air defense system. (Picture source GDLS)

The modular Tracked Robot 10-ton (TRX) technology demonstrator supports Army objectives for a Robotic Combat Vehicle. Displayed at Global Force with Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) payload for the first time, this TRX variant is the latest innovation within Land Systems’ counter-Uncrewed Aerial Systems (c-UAS) family of vehicles.

The TRX SHORAD introduces an innovative level of combat capability to SHORAD units, promoting self-reliance within a stratified, multi-layered air defense system. The flatbed architecture of the TRX enables seamless integration of any payload and offers a best-in-class payload-to-chassis ratio of 1:1. Capable of swiftly maneuvering alongside various formations, the TRX is transportable via CH-47 and C-130 aircraft.

The TRX SHORAD features a remotely controlled weapon station outfitted with a single 30mm automatic cannon and a pair of quartets of missile launchers, designed to launch Stinger surface-to-air missiles. As a shoulder-launched, heat-seeking, surface-to-air missile (SAM), the Stinger is primarily employed to target low-altitude aircraft and helicopters.

The combination of the Stinger missile and a 30mm cannon provides a comprehensive air defense capability for ground forces against various aerial threats.

The Stinger missile is a shoulder-launched, heat-seeking, surface-to-air missile (SAM) primarily designed to engage low-flying aircraft and helicopters. Its heat-seeking technology allows it to track and target the heat signatures produced by an aircraft's engines, making it highly effective against airborne threats.

On the other hand, the 30mm cannon is an automatic weapon with a high rate of fire, capable of engaging both air and ground targets. It is particularly effective against low-altitude, slow-moving aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that may operate at closer ranges.

Together, the Stinger missile and the 30mm cannon provide a layered air defense system that can respond to a wide range of threats with different engagement ranges and target types, ensuring maximum protection for ground forces and assets.

The GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) Tracked Robot 10-ton TRX is a heavy-duty, adaptable robotic platform developed for a wide range of military and civilian purposes. With its tracked mobility system, the TRX can navigate through challenging terrains, while its modular structure enables the integration of different equipment and payloads to meet specific mission objectives. This versatile and dependable platform can be utilized in various roles, including reconnaissance, logistics support, and combat operations, depending on the configurations and attachments employed.

The TRX is based on a versatile tracked chassis platform that weighs 10,000 kg and boasts a 450 kg payload capacity, along with a flat deck to house diverse mission equipment packages. This robot operates on a hybrid power system, comprising a diesel engine, batteries, and electric motors. Its features are adequate to guarantee exceptional ground mobility and to provide energy for the platform's systems and payload.

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