The MIO UGV is a amphibious throwable robot specifically designed for maritime use or tactical use wherever water may be encountered. Funded by the OSD Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise, the MIO UGV was conceived to assist the Navy's Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) missions. With the assistance of Navy VBSS trainers, SSC Pacific conducted user evaluations of five different throwable robots of various types, gathered feedback, and compiled a list of features and parameters required for this type of missions. A competitive contract was awarded to MacroUSA for the production of two prototype systems. The resulting robot is a rugged, throwable robot that can also traverse on the water surface. It is designed to work synergistically with the warfighter and not hold up the fast pace of operation. Targeted users include Navy VBSS teams, Navy SEALs, and Marine Force Reconnaissance. The robot is also designed to be a very competent general-purpose ground-based tactical throwable robot, especially useful for situations where flooded compartments or culverts are encountered.
For more information, see:
- Nguyen, H.G. and M. Baker, "Characteristics of a maritime interdiction operations unmanned ground vehicle", SPIE Proc. 8387: Unmanned Systems Technology XIV, Baltimore, MD, April 25-27, 2012.