UK Orders Rheinmetall Autonomous Unmanned ground vehicles
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered seven Rheinmetall Mission Master autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (A-UGVs) to assess their effectiveness operating with ground troops.
The order includes “four Rheinmetall Mission Master SP A-UGVs in an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) configuration and three Rheinmetall Mission Master SP – Cargo vehicles.”
The vehicles will be delivered by August for the British Army’s three-stage Robotic Platoon Vehicles (RPV) program. The contract includes training, support services, and spare parts.
The Mission Master’s “low-signature electric motor, silent drive mode, and compact profile” allow it to move undetected, performing “last-mile resupply missions, silent watch operations, and carriage of light payloads, such as section sensors and weapon systems.”
The ISTAR version of the vehicle can be fitted with sensors depending on the operation to provide “leading-edge target detection, recognition, and identification at long ranges, regardless of weather and lighting conditions,” Rheinmetall states.
“They also facilitate early warning and identification of chemical threats in the event of a chemical warfare.”