XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle

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Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle
Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle May 2007.jpg
Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle
Type Unmanned Ground Vehicle
Place of origin  United States
Weight 29 pounds (13 kg)

The XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) is a Future Combat Systems specific, man packable (< 30 pounds (14 kg)) version of the iRobot's PackBot.


The XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) is a lightweight, man portable Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) capable of conducting military operations in urban terrain, tunnels, sewers, and caves. The SUGV aids in the performance of humanpower-intensive or high-risk functions (i.e. urban Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, chemical/Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC), Toxic Industrial Materials (TIM), reconnaissance, etc.).

Working to minimize Soldiers' exposure directly to hazards, the SUGV's modular design allows multiple payloads to be integrated in a plug and play fashion. Weighing less than 29 pounds (13 kg), it is capable of carrying up to 6 pounds (2.7 kg) of payload weight.

The XM1216 can either be remotely manned, or manipulated through use of a Microsoft Xbox 360 gamepad fitted with speciality drivers. This allows full control of the unit, otherwise unavailable through a conventional joystick.[citation needed]. Alternatively a ruggedized controller known as Small HaWC[1] (HArm's Way Controller), more suited to combat environments may be used in place of the Xbox 360 controller.

The SUGV is part of Spin Out 1 and has entered evaluation at the Army Evaluation Task Force (AETF). It will be fielded to IBCTs starting in 2011.

In February 2012, the Army announced their intention to issue a sole-source contract to iRobot for the XM1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) Robotic System. The contract is for developing, supporting, and testing hardware and software related to the XM1216.[2]

In August 2015, the U.S. Marine Corps ordered 75 SUGVs.[3]



  1. ^ Small HaWC esterline.com. October 12, 2015
  2. ^ US Army Select iRobot for Sole-Source UGV Contract - Unmanned.co.uk, February 27, 2012
  3. ^ USMC orders 75 SUGV robots - Shephardmedia.com, 4 August 2015

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