France’s DGA Receives First Five Nerva-LG Micro-Robots Ordered Under Scorpion Program

The French defense procurement agency, DGA received the first five Nexter Nerva-LG extended recognition micro-robots ordered under the Scorpion program on December 18, 2019.

The robots were subsequently delivered to the Fench Army’s Technical Section (STAT) for further assessments in order to refine the concept of employment before being put into force. These robots are capable of evolving autonomously to listen, see and record on the battlefield.

Weighing 5 kg, they are compact, discreet and can work in a network. They can be deployed by a single fighter, quickly and easily. Their excellent capacity for mobility and obstacle clearance, as well as their ability to map the environment in which they operate, will make it possible to safely explore potentially dangerous environments for combatants.

To conduct this operation in a short timeframe, the DGA had initiated a competitive dialogue including an equipment assessment phase, carried out by its technical teams, involving the French Army in 2018.

These robots are part of a first global order of 56 micro-robots placed by the DGA to the companies Nexter and ECA Group. Other robots will be delivered in 2020: 5 additional Nerva-LG, 10 Nerva-S for recognition of small dimensions (3 kg), and 36 Nerva®-XX / Caméléon-LG of engineering (12 kg).

The three types of remote-operated terrestrial micro-robots (Nerva – LG; Nerva-S; Nerva / Caméléon) can be equipped with different modules making them adaptable to several types of mission. Combatants from engineering and infantry units will use them to collect contact intelligence on an ad hoc basis while remaining at a distance.

The two largest robots in the range have the capacity to return autonomously to a predetermined point or to carry out surveillance rounds on paths defined in advance. The three systems have evolutionary capacities to integrate new autonomy, ergonomics or artificial intelligence technologies in the future.

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