Scout Recon Vehicle

Finally got this project done and together!

Lots of thanks go to Samuel and Kai for the help establishing some groundwork and tweaks. My goal was realism and if I could do it all over again I might have tried pushing for a more dramatic or fantastic shape or configuration. As it stands I wanted to create something that read as authentic and covered an aspect of near future warfare that I felt needed to be expanded on!

Technical Fanfiction

The Scout Reconnaissance Vehicle was designed to fill the military's growing need for UAV bandwidth, FOB security and covert fire control. The goal was to create the smallest and lightest armoured vehicle possible while allowing for a extendible 7 meter sensor boom and deployable Tier 0 drones.

While primarily an electric vehicle the SRV does have a small on-board gas turbine engine to provide charging and backup power. The reduced sound footprint offered by the electric motors greatly aids the SRV in avoidance while allowing it to get closer to hostile forces than would typically be expected. The range of the SRV is almost quadrupled with the addition of battery skirting which double as both Electro Reactive Armer and reserve vehicle power. Each panel is isolated from one another allowing energy to be transferred even when all neighbouring panels have been breached.

The SRV's only active defences are the modular CROWS mount (Shown here with a Mk 19 grenade launcher), Smoke grenades and a missile countermeasure laser.
The Sensor mast includes a long range dish, wide band jammer and 2 bi-directional stabilized camera pods. Each pod includes a primary optic along with LiDAR, range finder, target painter and signalling laser.

Each SRV has 2 accessory slots which can store anything from liquid fuel, extra batteries or in the example above drone bays. These Tier 0 drones can run automated loitering patterns and patrol waypoints that create a realtime map of the surrounding terrain. The drones also have a retractable hook that can deploy from their top allowing them to hang from lines or branches for a low power sentry mode (not shown).

Recon Armor WIP 4

After some paintovers I've worked on what could possibly be the design I go with. Going to seek another round of feedback, and I'm pretty sure I want to add a remote gun to the top.

Once the design is finalized I'll detail out the drone launchers and do a full detailed breakdown of the features and fun.

Front and rear view with the drone box removed and the sensor mast withdrawn.

Here are a few renders with the sensor mast up at full extension, the dish and optics deployed.

Recon Armor WIP2

Did a few hull revisions before taking it into Sketchup for a quick Block model. Model matched up pretty well and came back in as a foundation for a 3rd round of tweaks. I have the sensor boom's mechanic filled out pretty well so will probably start work on a second more complete model before taking it to final render and staging.