FNSS continues to develop Shadow Rider unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) concept, which was exhibited at IDEF 2019. The Shadow Rider FoV is equipped with the autonomy kit developed by FNSS. The newest member of the Shadow Rider family is showcased with 25mm unmanned remote turret and its autonomous capabilities at IDEF 2021. Shadow Rider Combat UGV prototype is developed by FNSS engineering with the consideration of the current technologies in the field of robotics and autonomous systems to meet the complex and challenging operational requirements of the modern battlefield.
Shadow Rider family of vehicles are equipped with the autonomy kit developed by FNSS. Shadow Rider has patrol, follow the leader and return to base autonomous driving modes and also has various layers of protection for a secure driving capability. FNSS autonomy kit is designed in open architecture to enable rapid adaptation of technology enhancement. Shadow Rider Combat is equipped with a 25mm remotely controlled turret, a special turret design for unmanned vehicles. Show Rider Combat variant will not have autonomous firing capability, gunner will always be in the loop and fire decision will be given by the dismount.
In the armed variant of the Shadow Rider designed for fire support missions, the “man” is always in the loop in the decision-making process, and the fire decision is not made by the system. The Shadow Rider, which can be commanded remotely and has autonomous mobility, is an unmanned ground vehicle family that can meet all kinds of missions such as reconnaissance and surveillance, logistic support, tactical deception, fortification reconnaissance, communication relay, military evacuation and especially fire support, with its design that allows the integration of useful payloads suitable for the task.
Shadow Rider has a modular design to support the armies in a variety of mission profile, challenging environmental conditions and geography. Different mission kits can be easily integrated to the platform. This approach allowed FNSS to focus more on autonomous technologies. Shadow Rider Family of Vehicles are equipped with a diesel engine and have range of 450 km. Shadow Rider can reach a speed of >50 km/h on asphalt road and can climb 60% gradient and 30% side slope, cross 60 cm vertical obstacles and has trench crossing capability of 160 cm long ditches. Shadow Rider has a payload capacity of 4500 kg. Shadow Rider FoV also provides optionally manned driving capability.