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FNSS Shadow Rider

Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)

Turkiye | 2022

"The FNSS Shadow Rider brings about a glimpse into the future of armored warfare - firepower coupled with unmanned autonomy and mission versatility."

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Shadow Rider is an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) developed by FNSS of Turkey. FNSS has risen to become of the premiere defense companies in the world with its developments in the field of armored combat. The design combines the go-anywhere tracked capabilities of a tank with the versatility of a modern Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) in a relatively compact and lighterweight form - the overall appearance generated from the venerable American M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). Mobility, mission-modularity, and a multi-role battlefield approach are at the heart of the Shadow Rider system.

The vehicle sees five roadwheels to a hull side with the drive sprocket at front and the track idler at rear. No track return rollers are featured. The hull itself is boxy with minimal angles present. An optional 360-degree traversing turret is set over the hull roof line, given unfettered views of the action all around the vehicle. The turret is remotely-controlled and armament can be made to suit customer battlefield requirements. The compact dimensions of this tank allow the Shadow Rider to be air-transported in the belly of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules tactical or Airbus A400M Atlas strategic airlifter.

The system weighs 13,500 kilograms (with a payload capacity of 4,500kg) and has a running length of 5.5 meters with a beam of 3 meters and a height (hull roof line) of 2 meters. It is powered through a diesel-fueled unit mated to a fully-automatic transmission system sporting four-forward and a single-reverse gear. Maximum road speeds reach 50 kmh with road ranges out to 450 kilometers. The design can manage gradients of 60% and slide slopes of 30%. Additionally, it can ford water sources up to 0.6 meters deep and cross trenches of 1.6 meters wide.

When arranged as an autonomous, open-architecture battlefield unit, Shadow Rider can manage its own waypoint navigation, follow track-and-return initiatives, or be arranged to patrol select areas. Due to its advanced obstacle detection and avoidance capabilities, the unit can more or less remain independent as it fights alongside allied forces in contested zones. Communication is through wireless means with multi-tasking possible.

The Shadow Rider represents a family of related unmanned tracked vehicles that currently includes a Command Vehicle (CV), Fire Support Vehicle (FSV), Tactical Decoy Vehicle, Engineering Reconnaissance Vehicle, and Logistics Support Vehicle.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the FNSS Shadow Rider Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV).
1 x Diesel-fueled engine driving conventional track-and-wheel arrangement.
Installed Power
31 mph
50 kph
Road Speed
280 miles
450 km
The physical qualities of the FNSS Shadow Rider Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV).
18.0 ft
5.5 meters
O/A Length
9.8 ft
3 meters
O/A Width
8.2 ft
2.5 meters
O/A Height
29,762 lb
13,500 kg | 14.9 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the FNSS Shadow Rider Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV).
Variable if armed. Armament can suit customer battlefield requirements including 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine guns, 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGL), tank-killing solutions, and automatic cannons.
Dependent upon armament fit (if any).
Notable series variants as part of the FNSS Shadow Rider family line.
Shadow Rider - Base Series Name.
Shadow Rider CV - Command Vehicle.
Shadow Rider FSV - Fire Support Vehicle.
Shadow Rider TDV - Tactical Decoy Vehicle.
Shadow Rider ERV - Engineering Reconnaissance Vehicle.
Shadow Rider LSV - Logistics Support Vehicle.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the FNSS Shadow Rider. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 5 Units

Contractor(s): FNSS Defense Systems - Turkey
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Image of the FNSS Shadow Rider
Image from official FNSS Defense marketing materials.

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