The Polish autonomous military vehicle Perun has passed integration and field tests conducted by the Tarnow Mechanical Works (ZMT), announced the Polish Armament Group (PGZ) of which the ZMT is a part.
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"Autonomous platforms are undoubtedly the future of the battlefield. A damaged vehicle can be renovated or a new one can be acquired, while human life is priceless,” said Henryk Łabędź, president of ZMT.
Perun’s main purpose is to support infantry units. The modular structure of the platform will allow the vehicle to be quickly adapted to logistic, reconnaissance and combat tasks.
Equipped with a set of sensors, including a gunfire locator, weather station, contamination and radiation detector, the Perun system can be operated from a stationary position, in which the operators independently control the robot's movements and weapons from a remote safe place, and in mobile mode – via a backpack, in which the operator moves together with the robot. Perun can also act as a forward observer - it will be able to use its sensors to detect the presence of the enemy and automatically take appropriate action.
The power supply system used in the unit allows it to work for at least 10 hours. It can operate in a non-autonomous mode and in a limited autonomy mode, in which the operator is responsible for operating the weapon module or other equipment installed on the platform using the pad controller.
The project is being carried out by a consortium consisting of ZMT S.A., Stekop S.A., and the Military University of Technology. The project is co-financed by the National Centre for Research and Development.