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The Common Robotic System – Heavy (CRS-H) is the Army’s large sized, modernized vehicle transportable, common robotic platform capable of accepting various mission payloads enhancing protection to the EOD Soldier by providing increased standoff capability to identify, render safe and dispose of explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices in support of the range of military operations and homeland defense applications.

Important insights from Soldier interaction with the candidate CRS-H systems during a phased acquisition process made important contributions to shaping Tactics, Techniques and Procedures, concept of operations, and source selection.  The Army’s Acquisition Objective is 248 CRS-Hs.


CRS-H will enable EOD Soldiers to interrogate hazardous devices in the range of military operations and homeland defense operations.  Its special features will provide enhanced capability to detect, identify, access, render safe, exploit, and achieve final disposition of heavy explosive ordnance to include IEDs, Vehicle Borne IEDs, and Weapons of Mass Destruction at safe standoff.  CRS-H will field with these native payloads:

  • Cameras (including pan, tilt, zoom)
  • Secure radios
  • One radio relay to extend operational range in urban and complex terrain,
  • Robust manipulator arm
  • Cargo carrier rack
  • Operator control unit.


CRS-H’s basic operational capabilities include:

  • Manipulator arm lift capacity:
    • Close to platform > 275 lbs.; 72-inch extension > 100 lbs.
  • Platform speed > 6 mph
  • Obstacle clearance > 32 in (Jersey Barrier)
  • Platform endurance > 7 hours
  • Weight < 700 lbs. curb weight, 1,000 lbs. gross system weight (includes 300 lbs. of non-native payloads)
  • Interoperability Profile compliant
  • Cyber Hardened


Using an innovative acquisition strategy that involved close synchronized teaming with the Army EOD Capability Developer and Army G8, employment of the Army’s Robotic Enhancement Program and the OTAs, the CRS-H team awarded this contract within a year and a half of Capability Production Document approval.  Using traditional acquisition processes, it could have taken as much as three and a half years to get to this point in a program.   As such, the Army awarded the CRS-H production contract, which was announced Nov. 14, 2019.


The next steps in the CRS-H program call for using Phase II testing results to obtain a Safety Confirmation and Operational Test Agency Evaluation Report to allow for immediate fielding to EOD Teams under a Conditional Materiel Release with Commercial Off The Shelf technical manuals in the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2020.  The Army will then complete additional logistics requirements, including maintainer manuals and Field Level Maintainer New Equipment Training necessary to achieve Full Materiel Release in Fiscal Year 2021.