The U.S. Marine Corps received a prototype of the Cottonmouth advanced reconnaissance vehicle that a Textron unit designed to support the service branch’s Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle program.
Textron Systems made the delivery on Dec. 1 at the Nevada Automotive Test Center in Silver Springs, Nevada, the company said Thursday.
Cottonmouth provides lightweight multi-modal capacity and is equipped for sustained reconnaissance with organic unmanned systems capabilities and multi-spectrum sensors for seamless communication between the Navy and Marine Corps.
Following the handoff, the prototype is now in its formal government evaluation phase, which is expected to last throughout 2023.
“The vehicle was designed from its inception by listening to customer requirements. Because of its smaller size, the Marines can quickly deploy next generational combat power to the fight and lets commanders meet any mission anywhere,” said David Phillips, senior vice president at Textron’s land and sea systems business.