January 19, 2021

Persistent Tomahawk 400x275Persistent Systems announced that Tomahawk Robotics has joined the Wave Relay Ecosystem, an industry alliance of unmanned system and sensor companies that use Persistent’s Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET) as a preferred network.

As part of the agreement, Tomahawk will make its Kinesis, an Android-based common control system for unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems, available for Persistent’s MPU5 Android-based MANET radio and rugged display and controller (RDC).

“Basically, this provides a ‘universal controller’ for unmanned systems that resides on the MPU5 and is accessed with the RDC< both of which the dismounted warfighter would already be carrying,” said Brian Mcdonald, field operations director at Persistent Systems. “So you eliminate the weight and cost of extra hardware, and you bring Tomahawk’s all-encompassing Kinesis capability to everyone on the tactical team, not just the UxV operator.”

The MPU5 runs the Android operating system, enabling apps like Kinesis to be loaded directly onto the radio, while the RDC provides a touch screen, joysticks, and gamepad buttons in the size of a commercial smartphone, Persistent said.

“With the intuitive, easy-to-use Kinesis, you can operate any unmanned system on the land, in the air or on the water,” said Matt Summer, CTO at Tomahawk Robotics. “You don’t need specialized controllers or training for each individual system.”

For additional cases where fine manipulation is needed, as in the case of the arm of a bomb disposal robot, the MPU5 and RDC can operate seamlessly with the Tomahawk Robotics Mimic spatial controller, the companies said.

“We look forward to collaborating with Tomahawk Robotics because, together, we are bringing the warfighter incredible capabilities in a small, lightweight package, making it easier on the user and more affordable for the customer,” said Mcdonald.

More details on Persistent Systems can be seen on its website. Details on the Tomahawk Robotics Kinesis can be found here.