RCV-Pioneer provides remotely controlled engineering capability to Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCVs). Each RCV-Pioneer is tailored to specific combat engineering missions via mission payloads which can be rapidly swapped out in field conditions.

Based on the same core principles of rapid interchangeability and agility, which are present throughout Pearson Engineering’s product range, RCV-Pioneer provides remotely controlled engineering capability to RCVs. This allows such vehicles to scale and optimise for the task at hand, whether to support its own mobility, or to provide an engineering effect for others.

It is a self-contained, pre-configured frame to which Pearson Engineering’s combat engineering equipment can be integrated to support specific missions. Such equipment is provided by palletised Mission Payloads including capability for obstacle clearanceroute provingminefield breaching and assault gap crossing which can be rapidly swapped out in field conditions.

RCV-Pioneer uses an innovative self-lifting system to allow RCVs to rapidly manoeuvre underneath mission payloads for rapid integration and removal. RCV-Pioneer mounts to the host platform using quick release fastenings, which require no tools to operate, allowing it to be rapidly fitted and removed from the RCV. The system design will allow two soldiers to fit or remove RCV-Pioneer from the RCV in approximately 30 minutes.

RCV-Pioneer does not require any hydraulic power from the host platform and comprises all the required hydraulic controls for its mission specific tools such as ploughs, dozer blades and excavator arms. It can either take electrical power from the host RCV platform or generate all required power using an integral diesel engine.

The RCV-Pioneer Mission Payloads are remotely controlled using an intuitive Operator Control Unit (OCU) which includes joysticks and touch screen controls to manage all of its functions. The OCU displays video feeds from cameras mounted on RCV-Pioneer to give optimal situational awareness whilst performing engineering tasks.

Mission Payloads– Pioneering Products, Proven on the Battlefield

For nearly 40 years, Pearson Engineering has provided equipment to help Armed Forces to defend, move and flight. Our products enable combat forces to breach minefields, to overcome explosive ordnance and to defeat and create obstacles. They are designed to provide armoured vehicles with the ability to rapidly adapt to their mission, to overcome challenges to mobility and to deny mobility and momentum to others.

The same approach has been applied to RCVs with mission payloads optimised, in the same way as Front-End Equipment (FEE), to deliver against mobility, counter-mobility and survivability tasks.

Manoeuvre Support Sustainment and Protection Integration Experiments (MSSPIX)

A prototype version of RCV-Pioneer + Obstacle Clearance Mission Payload was recently trialled on the General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) TRX RCV. It included a manipulator arm capable of lifting objects up to 500kg (1100lbs), a V-shaped dozer blade for moving obstacles, and an area which is designed to carry a variety of different loads. This capability was successfully demonstrated to the US Army at the Manoeuvre Support Sustainment and Protection Integration Experiments (MSSPIX) 2021 at Fort Leonard Wood. A Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) frame was fitted to the flexible load area for the MSSPIX trial to show an additional capability which could be added in the future.

Key Features

  • Provides remote controlled combat engineering capability to Robotic Combat Vehicles
  • Mission Payload can be tailored to specific missions such as obstacle clearance, route proving, minefield breaching and gap crossing
  • Easily fitted and removed from the base vehicle to allow rapid change of the Mission Payload in field conditions
  • Self-contained requiring no hydraulic power from the Robotic Combat Vehicle
  • Intuitive Operator Control Unit (OCU) with joysticks, touchscreen controls and multiple camera feeds from the Modular Mission Payload (MMP)
  • Design concept includes opportunity for increased levels of autonomy


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