The British Armed Forces have ordered 4 more Rheinmetall Mission Master robotic vehicles under the second phase (Spiral 2) of their Robotic Platoon Vehicle (RPV) programme, including training and support activities and spare parts.
The Mission Master is a modular, autonomous, unmanned ground vehicle designed to enhance operational effectiveness of troops. Its nerve centre is the Rheinmetall PATH autonomy kit which comprises a suite of advanced sensors and perception algorithms that ensure situational awareness and enable the vehicle to find the safest route through the surrounding environment.
Featuring a built-in security circuit board, a tablet computer running Rheinmetall command and control software lets the operator steer the platform and control the weapon station in a safe, wireless way. They will also be equipped with a fire support module to explore potential future capabilities.
The Mission Master is armed with the Rheinmetall Fieldranger Multi, a remotely controlled weapon station. Fully stabilized, the 7.62mm cal. Fieldranger Multi features a wide vertical and horizontal slewing range, assuring high accuracy and effectiveness even at long distances.
Rheinmetall Mission Master focuses on the developments of the future regarding robotics and autonomy. With the Mission master, soldiers can rely on artificial intelligence and robotic muscle to enable them to carry out their missions in greater safety.
The Mission Master can serve either as an autonomous or semiautonomous element of a combat team. Designed for maximum flexibility, the Mission Master can be outfitted for a multitude of different operations thanks to modular, quickly mountable build-ons. Besides logistic tasks, it can perform in a variety of other roles, including surveillance, security, casualty evacuation and CBRN detection. The Mission Master can also serve as a mobile radio relay station.
The contract was awarded at the end of February, with delivery due to take place between May and August 2021. The order will be handled by Rheinmetall Canada and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land will also be supporting the project.