Robotic (Drone) Anti-Tank System (RATS)
Robotic (Drone) Anti-Aircraft Missile Installation Disabler – RDAAMD
(Currently in Design)
RATS is a robotic AGV/drone system designed to cripple a Main Battle Tank (MBT). RDAAMD is designed to disable an anti-aircraft missile installation. RATS is not designed to destroy a Main Battle Tank. Rather it is designed to make it useless on the Battlefield. In its crippled state, the tank will require the presence of a maintenance crew or at least a tow vehicle. It will be a $5 million dollar piece of useless metal.
Similarly, RDAAMD will cripple the ability of a SAM site. The RDAAMD system is specifically designed to cripple anti-aircraft missile sites such as the Russian S-500 Russian anti-aircraft system.
RATS AND RDAAMD can also be effective in the following scenarios:
Anti- Armored Fighting Vehicles
As the RATS and RDAAMD systems are modular in design the same combination of “Ground Attack Vehicle” (GAV) and Drone “Target Assault Drone” (TAD) can be used for each of the above missions. To change missions, it is only necessary to swap out pre-loaded mission specific modules. Both TADs in both systems are nested within their GAVs. The GAV will be based on a standard, off-the-shelf remotely controlled vehicle platform that will be modified to accept autonomous navigation and the internal storage of drones (TADs).
RATS and RDAAMD are open architecture systems that are able to be networked and inter-operable with satellites. Once their programs have been downloaded RATS and RDAAMD are also able to function in “Broken Arrow” mode. That is, the systems can be switched to autonomous navigation and operation not dependent upon communications with satellite-based GPS, networks or a human operator.
The overall design philosophy of the RATS and RDAAMD system is to house intelligence at the base site and to allocate functionality in the field units on an ‘as needed’ basis. That is, once loaded with their mission, the GAVs and TADs will perform mission tasks using on-board intelligence, without the need to contact the main source of intelligence or overhead satellites. If desired they may be switched out of Broken Arrow mode. At that time their mission and operating parameters may be updated from their human operator at a base site.
Interdiction and rendering inoperable a Chinese ZTZ-96 and a Russian S500 Anti-Aircraft System.
These two choices (The ZTZ-96 Main Battle Tank and the Russian S500 SAM System are examples of the most advanced systems in their categories.
The RATS and RDAAMD systems must have access to an adjoining land area within 25 Kilometers of the target area. While this is a limiting factor, most security perimeter do not extend out to that range. The units can be deployed in forest, hilly, sand and other environments. However, the RATS and RDAAMD systems will have difficulty with a mountainous environment and are not currently designed to be deployed from the sea. (We could work on that if needed).
Timing of Deployment – The timing depends upon how soon the user needs the target incapacitated. If the need is imminent then RATS and RDAAMD need to be deployed closer to the target. Timing and geography need to be considered to determine the proper deployment scenario. The low silhouette of the GAV combined with active cloaking will make the GAV difficult to spot in the daytime and even more so at night. The RATS and RDAAMD systems are low speed stealthy units and are most effective when deployed several hours before an alert.
The call to action for the RATS and RDAAMD systems may be a triggering event from a pre-existing situation with fore knowledge of the target’s location or it may be in response to a target’s unexpected presence.
At this point, the Ground Attack Vehicle (GAV) and the Target Assault Drone (TAD) of each system will receive their downloaded mission plan from their human operators. The program will contain mission specific information. That information would include:
Connection to network or satellite guidance (if required by user)
Digitized Terran Map of area to be Navigated
Desired Performance Parameters during Transit
Action to be taken at Target Site
Post Action Instructions
The Ground Attack Vehicle (GAV) may be deployed from a light transport, helicopter, armored carrier or other similar vehicle. The combined unit is too heavy to be a Man Pac. The GAV is driven off of an unloading ramp or off loaded by a hoist. Once on the ground the GAV (Ground Assault Vehicle) and its ‘nested’ TAD (Target Attack Drone) begin navigating to the target site. The GAV is designed to be less than 2 meters in height and will carry the TAD within an enclosed on-board hanger.
(In response to the unexpected presence of a Main Battle Tank, Mobile Artillery Unit or Mobile Anti-Aircraft site; the RATS and RDAAMD systems would be deployed as close to the target as possible. After downloading the mission program and deploying the RATS or RDAAMD units, the personnel would withdraw. The GAV (Ground Assault Vehicle) would then either move forward stealthily until within flight range of the TAD (Tactical Assault Drone) or wait in cloaked mode for the approaching enemy unit. The option is at the discretion of the human operator.)
Once within flight range of the target site the GAV will launch the TAD drone. The drone will fly to the target ZTZ-96 or S-500 Missile site and neutralize the weapon system. (Details of TAD flight ranges and disabling technologies are mission specific and available from God’s Hammer LLC at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Observation and Measures
As the targets for the RATS and RDAAMD weapon systems are large, the effect of the assault will be apparent to a human observer. More detailed information on damage measurement is available from God’s Hammer LLC at email@example.com
RATS and RDAAMD systems are designed to be stealthy and cloaked. The TAD Drone will fly back to and enter into the internal docking bay of the GAV. The GAV may either be programmed to return to its home base or remain cloaked. Upon request from their human operators, RATS and RDAAMD systems will transmit a location beacon.
As RATS and RDAAMD will dispense all on-board ordinance there will be no residual danger to civilians or other collateral personnel. Like all weapons systems, care will need to be taken while loading munitions onto the TAD Drones.