Rheinmetall has detailed its plans for the development of its Multi-Mission Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV).
Speaking with Jane’s , Alain Tremblay, a vice-president of business development at Rheinmetall, said that the future version of the vehicle will be modular in design and “it will include one payload bay, which will be able to swap payloads in and out easily depending on the mission.”
The large, wheeled, multipurpose UGV has been designed for a number of applications including reconnaissance and tactical surveillance; logistics support; casualty evacuation (CASEVAC); chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection; communications relay; and as a weaponised combat system.
“The new version will look very different. The payload bay will be completely flat and fitted with rails to accommodate a number of payloads. The idea being that you have one platform and swap in and out payloads when required,” Tremblay explained, adding: “The new design will be fully completed by the end of this year and is designed to generate a force multiplier effect by reducing the troop carrying burden as well as reducing manpower.”
The platform was first shown at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi and is based on an 8x8 vehicle that is ruggedised and fully amphibious. The unit can optionally be fitted with tracks and can reach a maximum speed of 40 km/h.
The platform features multiple situational awareness systems, including the potential for it to be configured with a mast-mounted camera, and a 360° camera that can be linked to a headset to provide a view around the entire vehicle. Imagery from the 360° camera is also recorded for post-mission analysis.
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