GDLS from US develops TRX SHORAD new counter-drones robotic platform
American company GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) develops the TRX SHORAD (Short range air defense), a new counter-drone solution based on its TRX unmanned tracked robotic platform fitted with a weapon station armed with one 30mm automatic cannon and Stinger surface-to-air missile launchers.
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GDLS TRX SHORAD new counter-done robotic platform armed with one 30mm automatic cannon and eight launchers able to fire Stinger surface-to-air missiles. (Picture source GDLS)
The TRX "Tactical Robot eXperimental" is an unmanned tracked robotic system with a weight of 10 tons that has been designed for use in military operations and other hazardous environments. It is a multi-role platform able to be fitted with different types of weapons and combat systems to carried-out a wide range of missions. TRX sets a new best-in-class payload capacity to accommodate any mission equipment package. It is capable of operating in a wide range of terrains and environments, including urban, desert, and jungle environments.
The TRX is positioned to provide superior performance as an enabling technology in a myriad of critical battlefield roles, including direct and indirect fire, autonomous resupply, complex obstacle breaching, counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), electronic warfare (EW), reconnaissance, and other battlefield missions.
The TRX is based on a multirole tracked chassis platform weighing 10,000 kg with a payload capacity of 450 kg and a flat deck to accommodate any type of mission equipment package. The robot is powered by a hybrid power plant based on a diesel engine, batteries, and electric motors. Its characteristics are sufficient to ensure high mobility on the ground, as well as to power the platform systems and payload.
The TRX SHORAD (Short range air defense) has been developed by GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) to offer a new robotic solution able to perform counter-drone missions using onboard weapon systems. It can conduct semi-autonomous operations and is fast enough to keep up with high-speed maneuver formations like the Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the Armored BCT (Brigade Combat Team).
The TRX robot is designed to be remotely controlled by an operator using a handheld controller or a laptop computer. It can also operate autonomously, using onboard sensors and AI (Artificial Intelligence) algorithms to navigate and carry out missions
The TRX robot is also equipped with a range of sensors, including cameras, laser rangefinders, and thermal imagers, which allow it to detect and identify targets at long ranges.
The TRX SHORAD is equipped with a remotely operated weapon station armed with one 30mm automatic cannon and two groups of four missile launchers able to fire Stinger surface-to-air missiles. The Stinger missile is a shoulder-launched, heat-seeking, surface-to-air missile (SAM) that is primarily used to engage low-flying aircraft and helicopters. It was developed by General Dynamics (now Raytheon) in the United States and has been in service since the early 1980s.
The Stinger missile is a "fire-and-forget" weapon, which means that once it is launched, the operator does not need to guide it to the target. Instead, the missile's guidance system takes over and directs it toward the target.
The Stinger missile has two main variants, the FIM-92A, and the FIM-92B. The FIM-92A has a range of up to 4.8 km (3 miles) and a maximum altitude of around 3.8 km (12,500 feet), while the FIM-92B has a range of up to 8 km (5 miles) and a maximum altitude of around 4.6 km (15,000 feet).