The introduction of unmanned systems, powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, has undoubtedly and permanently altered the defense landscape and presents new battlespace challenges. In deterring evolving threats around the globe and empowering warfighters with the latest innovations, military leaders are investing in revolutionary technology to meet the needs of the future force.
As part of this modernization effort, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) contracted with SAIC to develop a next-generation Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) technology demonstrator. The ARV tests and evaluates cutting-edge reconnaissance capabilities that are integrated into a transformational hybrid vehicle architecture.
The technology demonstration vehicle, formally called Swamp Fox, enables transformation. It introduces an entirely new dimension to traditional vehicle configurations and operation by combining a hybrid powertrain with cutting-edge battlefield management, integrated combat and survivability systems and the ability to quickly retrofit and reconfigure for various mission requirements.
SAIC is confident in Swamp Fox’s ability to transform future missions and drive military success. This confidence is rooted in the demonstrator completing six months of full systems-level testing in marine and land environments. We believe that this is a testament to the survivability of the vehicle and the readiness of the architecture for an operational environment.
The ARV's design substantially enhances operational stealth and mission longevity, as it enables silent mobility and multiplies silent watch and amphibious capabilities. To promote situational awareness, the system incorporates organic sensors and unmanned aerial assets, including cameras with a laser warning receiver that is augmented by sonar capabilities for marine operations. A tethered unmanned aircraft system contributes to surveillance and communications.