The Ministry of Defence have ordered four Rheinmetall Mission Master unmanned cargo vehicles.
Configured for transporting cargo, the unmanned ground vehicles will form part of the United Kingdom’s Robotic Platoon Vehicle programme.
This programme is designed to determine the extent to which unmanned vehicles can boost the combat effectiveness and capabilities of dismounted troops at platoon level.
According to the firm in a news release:
“The four Mission Master – Cargo vehicles will be delivered throughout the spring of 2020. In addition, the scope of supply comprises two stretcher systems that can be integrated into the cargo vehicle in just 60 seconds. The order, which was placed at the end of 2019, also includes training and service support, as well as spare parts. The vehicles will be supplied by Rheinmetall Canada, with Rheinmetall BAE Land Systems providing on-location support services in its capacity as cooperation partner.
Rheinmetall’s new Mission Master enhances the combat performance of soldiers deployed on the ground in numerous ways, say the firm. The Mission Master’s artificial intelligence means that it can execute a multitude of dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks that troops would otherwise have to perform themselves, letting them get on with the most important thing of all: their core mission.”
The firm say that the Mission Master can operate in autonomous or semiautonomous mode as a fully-fledged member of the combat team.
“The Mission Master platform is designed for maximum flexibility, and can be readily adapted for a wide variety of different missions thanks to modular build-ons specially engineered for quick installation. Potential applications include surveillance, protection, evacuation of casualties, firefighting, and CBRN reconnaissance and detection. It can also serve as a mobile radio relay station.”