OPTIO-X20.. A New Generation of Armed UGVs & Tactical Robotics Systems

Given the vital role they play in enhancing the defence and security capabilities, KNDS’ defence products are of critical importance to the countries that rely on them to provide advanced technology and effective systems.

Known for reliability and efficiency, KNDS contributes to strengthening military power and securing the borders and national interests of various countries, becoming a preferred choice for numerous armies and security forces worldwide.

Groundbreaking advancement

In the realm of modern warfare, the integration of advanced technology plays an increasingly pivotal role in enhancing military capabilities, thus KNDS, a leading defence company renowned for its innovative solutions, has unveiled its latest creation: the OPTIO-X20, heralded as a ground-breaking advancement in the field of armed unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).

The OPTIO X20 series represents a significant leap forward in the field of unmanned systems, leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to enhance situational awareness, operational effectiveness, and mission flexibility in an era defined by rapid technological advancement and evolving security threats.

Designed to meet the evolving challenges of contemporary combat scenarios, the OPTIO-X20 represents a fusion of cutting-edge engineering, robust firepower, and autonomous capabilities.

Built upon years of research, development, and real-world testing, these systems embody KNDS’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in defence robotics.


The OPTIO-X20 is the weaponized implementation of KNDS’s new range of Multimissions Tactical Robotics Systems. Armed with the Arx20 RCWS, this open architecture tracked drone is specifically designed for perimeter observation, reconnaissance, and target engagement tasks.

With the ARX20 and its 20mm automatic cannon and 7.62mm, both gyro-stabilized, OPTIO-X20 can handle up to level 4 protected targets.

Based on KNDS’s know-how in the field of armament and robotics, OPTIO-X20 meets the operational requirements for surveillance, protection, security and combat missions, on open modern battlefields as well as in urban areas.

The OPTIO-X20 is engineered as a multi-role UGV, intended to fulfil various missions across diverse operational environments. Its compact yet rugged design enables seamless deployment in urban landscapes, challenging terrains, and high-threat areas, providing military forces with a versatile asset for reconnaissance, surveillance, and combat support tasks.

Equipped with advanced sensors, communication systems, and a formidable armament suite, the OPTIO-X20 empowers operators with real-time situational awareness and precise firepower, enhancing mission effectiveness while minimizing risk to personnel.

Autonomous Operation

The OPTIO-X20 is equipped with state-of-the-art autonomy features, allowing it to navigate complex terrain, avoid obstacles, and execute predefined missions with minimal human intervention.

Leveraging advanced algorithms and sensor fusion technologies, the UGV can autonomously plan and execute routes, conduct area patrols, and respond to dynamic threats, enhancing operational efficiency and adaptability.

Modular Weapon Mount

At the heart of the OPTIO-X20’s combat capabilities lies its modular weapon mount, which supports a diverse array of armaments tailored to mission requirements. Whether outfitted with a machine gun, grenade launcher, or antitank missile system, the UGV delivers precise and lethal firepower, enabling suppression of enemy positions, fire support for dismounted troops, and engagement of armoured targets with unmatched precision.

Enhanced Situational Awareness

Equipped with a comprehensive suite of sensors, including electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) cameras, radar, and laser rangefinders, the OPTIO-X20 provides operators with a comprehensive understanding of the battlefield environment.

Moreover, real-time sensor data is fused to generate a detailed situational picture, enabling operators to identify threats, assess terrain conditions, and make informed decisions in dynamic operational scenarios.

Communication and Networking

The OPTIO-X20 is integrated into a network-centric warfare environment, facilitating seamless communication and coordination with other manned and unmanned assets on the battlefield.

Through secure data links and interoperable protocols, the UGV can share information, receive tasking orders, and collaborate with allied forces, enhancing overall mission effectiveness and operational synergy.

Survivability and Durability

Constructed from high-strength materials and armoured to withstand ballistic threats, mines, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the OPTIO-X20 prioritizes crew protection and mission endurance. Its robust design ensures resilience in the face of hostile fire and adverse conditions, enabling sustained operations in contested environments while safeguarding valuable assets and mission-critical payloads.

Operational Applications

The OPTIO-X20’s versatility and adaptability make it well-suited for a wide range of operational applications across the modern battlefield. Some of its primary roles include:

Reconnaissance and Surveillance: The UGV can conduct stealthy reconnaissance missions, gathering intelligence on enemy positions, movements, and terrain features without exposing personnel to unnecessary risk.

Convoy Security: By escorting convoys and providing over-watch during transit, the OPTIO-X20 enhances the security of logistical supply lines, mitigating the threat of ambushes and improvised explosive attacks.

Urban Combat: In dense urban environments where traditional forces face significant challenges, the OPTIO-X20 excels at navigating narrow streets, alleyways, and buildings, delivering precise firepower while minimizing collateral damage.

Counterinsurgency Operations: The UGV’s persistent presence and surveillance capabilities make it an invaluable asset in counterinsurgency campaigns, enabling targeted strikes against insurgent networks and facilitation of stability operations.

Furthermore, ongoing advancements in sensor technology, artificial intelligence, and autonomy promise to further enhance the capabilities of the OPTIO X20 series in the years to come. By staying at the forefront of innovation and embracing emerging technologies, KNDS is committed to ensuring that its Multimission Tactical Robotics Systems remain at the cutting edge of defence capabilities for the foreseeable future.

With its fusion of autonomy, firepower, and versatility, KNDS has delivered a cutting-edge solution that empowers military forces to confront the challenges of modern warfare with confidence and precision. As global security dynamics continue to evolve, the OPTIO-X20 stands poised to reshape the battlefield landscape and redefine the future of ground combat operations.



Length: 240cm

Width: 215cm

Height: 111cm

Weight: 1700kg (with RCWS)

Maximum payload weight (without RCWS): 750kg

Fire Power:


Main armament: 20M621 Cannon – 20X102 standard NATO

Secondary Armament: MAG 58 machine gun (optional) – 7.62 x 51 standard NATO


Dual field Color Camera Day

IR Dual Lens Night Uncooled

Laser Range Finder


Maximum speed: 22.5km/h

Maximum grade: 60%

Maximum side slope: 30%

Ground clearance: 40-60cm

Total Tractive Force: 1100kg

Run time hybrid: 8h to 10h

Run time electric: 0.5h to 1.5h

Power options: Battery Pack, Lead acid or LiOn

Power options: Diesel engine & electric generator

By: Ikram Ben dalla (Military Affairs Specialist)

Al Jundi

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