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.