Client Articles - Written by on Thursday, December 2, 2010 16:09

Strategic Operations Debuts BUGV-Target at I/ITSEC Show in Orlando, FL

SAN DIEGO — November 29, 2010 — Strategic Operations, a San Diego-based company specializing in Hyper-Realistic™ training environments for military, law enforcement and homeland security, will debut its new Ballistic Unmanned Ground Vehicle (BUGV-Target) at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training show for the military, November 29 to December 2. Strategic Operations will be at Booth 2913.

The BUGV-Target is a remote controlled mobile target that combines a Hyper-Realistic™ civilian lightweight foam vehicle body with an armored platform to accomplish a variety of training missions, including Live-Fire Vehicle Check Point/Entry Control Point/VCP/ECP training, Live-Fire Sniper Training, Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED). The BUG-Target is a system that includes a lightweight foam vehicle body over a ballistic steel enclosure over a remote controlled robotic chassis.

“The only system of its kind, the BUGV-Target provides hyper-realistic, safe, repeatable, live fire training using a re-usable, economical, environmentally friendly vehicle,” said Kit Lavell, Executive Vice President of Strategic Operations, Inc.

The BUGV-Target’s expendable body is made out of lightweight foam and can look like any number of vehicles: a sedan, a taxi, a bongo truck, a pickup truck, etc. The body can withstand many impacts from small arms and machine guns up to .50 caliber and can be repaired with a patch kit. The body is lightweight and can easily be lifted off the ballistic steel enclosure and replaced. In addition, lightweight foam mannequins can be placed in driver and passenger positions. Optional visible occupant damage effects (movie-style blood squibs), with head and center mass hit indicators with remote telemetry are available. Glass window options are also available for sniper training.

The BUGV-Target’s features a specially designed 1?2” AR500 ballistic steel enclosure that fits over the remotely controlled robotic chassis and protects it from up to .50 cal BMG Ball M1 ammo. The foam body can easily be installed over, and lifted off of the ballistic steel enclosure.

Designed to withstand extreme environments, the BUGV-Target can operate in temperatures ranging from -10o C to 65o C and with its high traction solid rubber tires it can navigate loose and uneven terrain.
The BUGV-Target is available from Strategic Operations as a turnkey performance-based contract that includes a full-time operator, repairs, and full support. Minimum contract is one week. Discounts are available for longer-term contracts and multiple systems. For more information, contact Kit Lavell, Executive Vice President at or 858-244-0559.

About Strategic Operations, Inc.

Strategic Operations, on the lot of Stu Segall Productions, San Diego’s only full-service TV / movie studio, provides “Hyper-RealisticTM” training services and products for military, law enforcement and other organizations responsible for homeland security. Strategic Operations employs state-of-the-art Hollywood battlefield special effects, combat wound effects, role player actors, subject matter experts, construction, transformation and enhancement of military ranges, mobile MOUT facilities and specialized equipment, including live fire targets to create training environments that are the most unique in the industry. Since 2002, Strategic Operations has provided training support to more than 370,000 Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Coast Guard personnel prior to deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, visit


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