Armed Forces Can Meet Congressional Mandate Deadline Of 1/3 Ground Operational Combat Vehicles Unmanned By 2015

Utah Company Kairos Autonomi Says The Technology Exists For Removing Warfighters From Dangerous Tasks …Now!

Salt Lake City, Utah July 07, 2015

Kairos Autonomi, the worldwide leader in robotic appliqué kits, has worked diligently for years to help industry meet this congressional mandate and the technology for unmanned combat vehicles is ready today.

RIRAK: Rapidly Installable Robotic Appliqué Kit

By utilizing Rapidly Installable, Robotic Appliqué Kits (RIRAK) as the initial volume-deployed unmanned ground vehicle system, the U.S. government can immediately achieve the 2001 Congressional mandate of having 1/3 operational ground combat vehicles unmanned by 2015.

Nearly a decade and a half after the mandate, soldiers are still being killed / injured performing tasks that could have been done by a robot. The Kairos Autonomi Pronto4 Uomo (a RIRAK) exists right now and would allow commanders to remove soldiers from harm's way through a 10 minute installation within an already deployed wheeled vehicle.

The current RIRAK can be improved over time through dedicated R&D from TARDEC, MCWL or other DoD agencies. A brief white paper presents the case for the RIRAK approach and its near immediate availability for usage in achievement of the 2001 mandate while providing a viable choice for removing a soldier from harm's way.

About Kairos Autonomi
A Greek word that means the right or opportune moment, Kairos is a world leader in Robotic Appliqué Kits, add-on vehicle autonomy systems that provide unmanned capabilities to current manned vehicles, rendering them optionally unmanned. The Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit manufactured by Kairos is used throughout the world to convert existing man-operable ground vehicles and surface vessels into unmanned systems. Whether it's government or academic research and development; military training and test and evaluation; range clearance; mining; or tactical military applications, Kairos delivers reliable, rugged, cost-effective robotic vehicle technology. We are experts in seated robotics.

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