Rheinmetall UGV Fires Guided Rockets in Live-Fire Demonstration 

The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP UGV used laser-guided FZ275 rockets from Thales during the exercise at the Trängslet base of the Swedish procurement agency Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) By Phoebe Grinter / 12 Apr 2022
Rheinmetall Mission Master SP UGV

Rheinmetall’s Mission Master SP Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) has proved its versatile capabilities during a live-fire exercise that was witnessed by delegations from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Poland.

The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP used laser-guided FZ275 rockets from Thales during the exercise at the Trängslet base of the Swedish procurement agency Försvarets Materielverk (FMV). 

The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP – Fire Support was equipped with a Rheinmetall Fieldranger Multi remotely controlled weapon station armed with two seven-tube 70mm rocket launchers from Thales Belgium. 

For the demonstration, the A-UGV fired the FZ275 rockets at a 4×4 vehicle located 4 km away from the firing point. The demonstration marked the culmination of the successful qualification process for the Fieldranger Multi equipped with the Thales 70mm rocket launcher. 

Featuring a fully modular architecture, this A-UGV can also be equipped with 12.7mm calibre machine guns, a Dillon Aero M134D gun, or 40mm grenade launchers. 

Previously limited to aircraft, these area saturation and precise strike applications can engage stationary and mobile targets at ranges of up to 7 km with minimal collateral damage. They are now qualified for use with the Mission Master A-UGV and can be integrated into other types of platforms and armored vehicles. 

The demonstration at Trängslet was performed using a secure, customized, remotely controlled tablet operating in a fully digitized scenario. Firing was controlled using Rheinmetall command and control software. Rheinmetall and Thales both stressed the critical importance of the human-in-the-loop configuration, meaning that the operator has complete control of the weapon system from target acquisition to final fire authorization.

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