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Textron Unveils COTTONMOUTH Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle

Textron COTTONMOUTH Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle [©Textron Systems]

Textron Systems unveils its COTTONMOUTH purpose-built 6×6 Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle aimed at the USMC requirements.


Press Release, Hunt Valley, 04 May 2021: Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. company, today announced the unveiling of COTTONMOUTH, a vehicle purpose-built for the US Marine Corps’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) programme. COTTONMOUTH is a next-generation Naval Sensor Node as an amphibious scout vehicle that offers cutting-edge sensor technology. Leveraging Textron Systems’ history and range of specialty military vehicle experience, COTTONMOUTH delivers advanced manoeuvrability and a synergized sensor system to enhance reconnaissance operations.

COTTONMOUTH has a 6×6 compact build that allows four vehicles to fit on a single Ship to Shore Connector, or SSC, enhancing the Marine Corps’ ability to support Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Textron Systems’ vehicle is equipped with multi-spectrum sensors, providing seamless communication between the Navy and Marine Corps to employ unmanned systems and joint-warfighting weapons systems. This provides the next-generation decision dominance needed to defeat threats beyond line of sight. Among the integrated sensors is teammate Elbit Systems of America’s IronVision, which uses “see-through” technology to provide the vehicle with advanced visibility and 3600 situational awareness.

“We listened to the customer and have invested in developing and producing COTTONMOUTH as a purpose-built vehicle to give the US Marine Corps the amphibious mobility they need for quarterbacking the future fight,” said Senior Vice President David Phillips of Textron Systems. “Along with Textron Systems’ extensive experience designing, producing, fielding and supporting high-performance armoured vehicles, our COTTONMOUTH offers the Marine Corps a low-risk, mission-oriented solution. It is representative of a revolutionary, not evolutionary, system”

Textron Systems’ COTTONMOUTH began USMC requirements validation testing at the National Automotive Test Center in February 2021. This testing continues in Q2 with a validation of the amphibious capabilities.

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