The HIPPO HAWC (Hybrid Amphibious Wheeled Carrier), a new platform is being developed to significantly ease the burden on dismounted soldiers and light forces, while also reducing risk in challenging operational scenarios.

The HIPPO HAWC developed by the American company HIPPO Multipower, is transforming the dynamics of military mobility with their multi-purpose capabilities.

In November 2023, the British Army, in collaboration with international allies and industry partners, embarked on a major testing exercise for new military technology, including the HAWC. According to what is described, this will be an innovative vehicle redefining the landscape of modern warfare. The initiative seeks to strengthen the British Army’s ability to respond to emerging challenges in warfare.

The HAWC, a versatile combat vehicle, can be either driven or remotely piloted. One of the key features of the HIPPO HAWC is its impressive payload capacity. Each can carry a total load of up to 1000 kg, which plays a crucial role in supporting dismounted operations. This substantial capacity enables soldiers to move more efficiently and focus on core activities such as shooting and communicating. Additionally, the modular cargo retention system of these platforms allows for rapid reconfiguration to suit a variety of missions. They can be adapted for tasks ranging from tactical load carriage and resupply to casualty evacuation, weapon carriage, and even specialized roles in surveillance, engineering, communications, and fire & rescue operations.

The electrically powered HAWC and its autonomous iteration, the RAPTOR, boast remarkable specifications tailored to revolutionize tactical operations. These carriers, equipped with lithium-ion batteries for prolonged silent operations, not only amplify maneuverability but also export 5 kW of electrical power, catering to diverse energy needs on the battlefield.

The HAWC is available in both manned and optionally autonomous configurations, offering flexibility based on mission requirements. In addition to a driver’s seat and pedals, the vehicle can be operated by a remote control joystick in the event that soldiers have been injured and cannot sit in the driver’s seat. The HAWC is also equipped with a 30 mm cannon and can drive up to 20 mph over rough terrain.

Seen as the future of the battlefield, self-driving tanks are considered an infinitely safer way of transporting kit and extracting casualties from potentially hazardous front lines. As the British Army continues to cut troops to reduce its size from about 76,000 soldiers to 73,000 by 2025, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will play a more prominent role in the battlespace. The HAWC, designed to go forward with troops, not only operates autonomously but also allows the soldier to take control of the vehicle if under attack.

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