Rheinmetall’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was put through its paces in the European Land Robot (ELROB) trials held from 24–27 September in Lens, Belgium.
The annual competition is held in different locations in Europe and is designed to demonstrate and compare the capabilities of unmanned vehicles via scenarios such as security missions, convoying, and day and night reconnaissance.
Alain Tremblay, vice-president, Business Development Rheinmetall Canada, told Jane’s , “ELROB was the first time where Rheinmetall was able to compare the Mission Master against similar systems. As such, it was a very rewarding experience and the interaction with the other teams was open and allowed us to learn a lot.”
The Mission Master UGV excelled in the ‘Mule’ scenario whereby each vehicle had to navigate a 1,400 m-long route with various moving and static obstacles blocking several sections.
Features such as route changes and negative obstacles such as deep holes were also incorporated.
The Mission Master UGV was faster than some of the other contestants and its ability to turn on the spot proved valuable. The UGV dominated the contest by scoring 3,151 points, double the 1,547 points scored by the runner up. The third-placed contestant scored just 167 points.
“Mission Master’s very positive results in its category, validate that the development strategy established for our system was and is the right one,” added Tremblay.
The UGV is produced by Rheinmetall Canada and was first revealed at Eurosatory 2018. It is a multipurpose, all-terrain UGV derived from the 8×8 Argo platform produced by the Canadian company Ontario Drive Gear (ODG). The unit is ruggedised, fully amphibious, and can optionally be fitted with tracks/chains.
The 2.95 m-long vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 40 km/h. The basic platform weighs approximately 750 kg and can carry a payload of 600 kg, although this is reduced to 300 kg when used in amphibious operations.
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