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Black Knight

Prototype unmanned combat vehicle

BAE Black Knight

The Black Knight unmanned ground combat vehicle demonstrates advanced robotic technologies

Entered service ?
Crew -
Dimensions and weight
Weight 9.5 t
Length 4.98 m
Hull length ?
Width 2.44 m
Height 2 m
Main gun 25-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Engine Caterpillar diesel
Engine power 300hp
Maximum road speed 77 km/h
Range ?
Gradient ?
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording ?


   The Black Knight prototype combat vehicle was developed by BAE Systems. It is an early prototype, which demonstrates advanced robotic technologies. Vehicle is currently being tested and evaluated by the US Army.

   The Black Knight can be used for missions that are too risky for a manned vehicle. These include forward scouting, intelligence gathering and investigating hazardous areas. The Black Knight can be integrated with existing systems.

   The Black Knight is controlled from the commander's station located inside the Bradley. Vehicle can also be operated by portable control device, when operators dismount from the Bradley. Operator can see on screen Black Knight's gun and turret position, as well as information from acquisition system and commander's independent viewer. Vehicle enables operator to acquire situational data from unmanned forward positions.

   The Black Knight uses advanced robotic technology for autonomous mobility. Vehicle's perception and control module includes high sensitivity video cameras, Laser Radar (LADAR), thermal imaging camera and GPS. The sensor suite supports fully-autonomous driving. Vehicle can maneuver and plan routes without operator's intervention. Black Knight's autonomous navigation system enables to detect negative obstacles and avoid them. It has day and night operation capability.

   The Black Knight is equipped with 25-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun, derived from the Bradley.

   Vehicle is fitted with the Caterpillar diesel engine, developing 300 horsepower. The Black Knight uses many automotive components from the Bradley to reduce costs and simplify maintenance. Its high maximum speed allows to keep pace with main battle tanks. The Black Knight can be airlifted by the C-130 transport aircraft.


Video of the Black Knight prototype unmanned combat vehicle

BAE Black Knight

BAE Black Knight

BAE Black Knight

BAE Black Knight

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