The UK branch of global defence firm General Dynamics is working on a futuristic state-of-the-art smart-tank to replace the British Army's ageing armoured vehicle fleet, to be delivered to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2020.
The Scout SV armoured vehicle is the first fully-digitised armoured fighting vehicle to have been built for the British Army, and is far bigger and more durable than any of its existing tanks, which are now at least 20 years old.
The tank comes in six variants that can be customised with a tools for different missions, and has numerous sensors, cameras, and sights to offer real-time intelligence on weather conditions, target acquisition, and reconnaissance - all crucial battlefield data required by commanders to access and direct situations.
"If you think about a network on the battlefield - today's vehicles are pretty much single vehicles operating in an analogue fashion. With Scout SV, each one of these vehicles is a node on a digital battlefield," Kevin Connell, the vice president for General Dynamic UK's Land Systems Regiment told IBTimes UK.