Finmeccanica’s SELEX Galileo said it has launched the Automated Computerized Mobility Equipment (ACME) kit that can be installed on any land vehicle to turn it into a remotely operated vehicle.

ACME is SELEX Galileo’s answer to the pressing requirement for route clearance solutions and convoy protection from asymmetric threats, with the objective being to reduce the risk to military personnel in high IED threat environments, the company said last week at DSEi. ACME forms the core of a fully remote-operated situational awareness vehicle which integrates the capabilities of the ACME system with advanced sensor and selfprotection technology.

ACME can be installed in two hours or even less, because the vehicle does not need to be modified.

Additionally, the system increases the force protection level and allows commanders to reduce the risk to personnel involved in patrol, transport or route clearance missions, the company said in a statement. On route clearance operations in particular, the ACME system facilitates operational functions such as detection and investigation/confirmation without military personnel being required to actually be on-board vehicles, instead controlling them remotely.

The system can be integrated with a wide range of SELEX Galileo’s sensor technologies including 360 degree thermal imaging and narrow-field-of-view systems and can be supported with sensor data analysis. Also, SELEX Galileo’s vehicle simulation capabilities complement the ACME system.

ACME is part of SELEX Galileo’s force protection offering that has the goal of giving the war fighter an unfair advantage.

Hi-Tec Milano is responsible for the remote control guidance system which comprises actuators, navigation aids, processing and software elements.