The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Rheinmetall a contract for the supply of its PATH Autonomy Kit (A-kit), an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered navigation system for the MoD’s Project Theseus 2.2.
Rheinmetall Canada is working with Polaris Government and Defense to augment the Polaris MRZR D4 ultra-light tactical vehicle with the PATH A-kit to support Project Theseus 2.2’s initiative to automate supply delivery to soldiers in hostile environments. First systems have already been delivered.
The contract scope includes installation, training, spare parts, and technical support for the PATH A-kit, as well as platform support on 11 Polaris MRZR D4 vehicles.
The Rheinmetall PATH A-kit transforms crewed vehicles into Optionally Crewed Ground Vehicles (OCGVs). PATH-equipped vehicles can then safely and reliably navigate complex terrains under hostile weather conditions, reducing troops’ exposure to hazardous situations. Leading-edge AI allows PATH to navigate autonomously using sensor fusion and environment mapping. The system’s standardized, open architecture allows it to be continually upgraded and to integrate new innovations to meet customer demands.
Once equipped with the A-kit, the MRZR D4 will be ready for crewed and teleoperated use cases, as well as autonomous execution of resupply missions in complex terrain and adverse weather conditions, day and night.
The Polaris MRZR D4 is a four-person, diesel-powered ultra-light tactical vehicle developed for international special operations, and off-road and expeditionary missions. It can carry a 680 kg payload and tow 680 kg, making it a practical and reliable choice for last-mile resupply missions.