Squad-Multipurpose Equipment Transport Medical Module Payload for Casualty Extraction

Period of Performance: 03/10/2016 - 03/09/2017


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Vecna Technologies, Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Array
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


Vecna proposes the CASEVAC litter assist winch (CLAW) to allow a combat medic or CLS to single- handedly load a casualty-laden litter onto the S-MET. This semi-autonomous system will, on command, deploy a robotic crane near the litter that can be rapidly attached with an extensive arm reach, CLAW can reach litters positioned up to 10 feet away. The CLS only has to issue a lift command for the crane to automatically provide all the lifting effort needed to move the litter onto the S-MET. The litter is secured via a quick-locking and suspension system that protects the casualty from bumps in transit. Additionally, a lightweight, yet strong ballistic protection surrounds the casualty protecting them from artillery fire. Vecna's CLAW is self-contained (drawing power from the S-MET) and can be rapidly utilized in the field, taking a single person under 10 minutes to configure it for CASEVAC.