Erding - on Wednesday, 30 November, took place on the area Air Force maintenance regiment of the 1 (LwInsthRgt 1) in Erding a conception of the F&T(Forschung and Technologie) Systemdemonstrators "RoboScout". In the context of this meeting the possibilities with communication and steering element carrier (KLT) were demonstrated and described, as well as shown a model (Mockup) of the Gecko. First the location-oldest of the LwInsthRgt 1, Colonel Richard Drexl, the present guests, welcomed under it coworkers of the companies taken part in the project, member of the Federal Ministry of the defense (BMVg) from the head department armament and the operations staff of the army, soldier of the office for army, the schools of the army, the BWB (Federal Office for military technology and procurement) and the military engineering agency for information technology and electronics (WTD 81).
Subsequently, the agency leader described WTD 81, director Gerfried Neumann, the past investigation phase and the meaning of the development of unmanned land vehicles, like for example to the "Gecko": "which we have now, are acting humans with machines. Which we want, are humans with acting machines ". Client of the project "RoboScout" is the WTD 81, contractors is the medium-size enterprise Base-10 of system from Hallbergmoos, which was involved already in projects for the Air Force, like in the Tornado and TAURUS. The managing director of the enterprise informed about possible operational, application type and advantages of the system. A goal of the study were technological investigations for the application of unmanned, first remote controlled land vehicles for example of the battlefield clearing-up and combat surveillance. Accordingly the unmanned vehicle is the soldiers with dangerous patrol travels, control missions and guard services to relieve and thus protect. The moreover one the vehicle than lure can be used for provoking and following fighting of hostile forces. The entire land robot system "RoboScout" could be able to be installed of the vehicle "Gecko", modular pay loads, those at the "Gecko" and the command post, of of the controlling of the vehicle by satellite been made, consist.
After the theoretical part a demonstration travel of the KLT followed on a prepared Parcours, with which the manual and automatic guidance of the vehicle should be demonstrated. The team "RoboScout" could prove that the KLT is over camera pictures, which are conveyed by a satellite operated and mobile. The control came from a command post, which could be served after previous briefing by an officer of the LwInsthRgt 1.
To what extent the use of "Gecko" and similar systems is relevant for example of the Air Force, the adviser in the BMVg described, head department armament lieutenant colonel Uwe Boerner: "robotics is fundamental for me, over" the Gecko "outside a possibility, straight in the range clearing-up, use the ranges safety device and protection by objects at the Air Force to be inserted". Application type of the "Gecko" in the Air Force are offered during patrol travels to the safety device of airfields. Toward end of 2006 further realistic tests with the "Gecko" are to be accomplished.