Land Platforms

Weaponised Mission Master UGV takes shape

18 December 2018

A Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle configured in the infantry support role and fitted with the Rheinmetall Rosy smoke grenade launcher on the front. Source: Rheinmetall Canada

Rheinmetall Canada continues to expand the capabilities of its 8×8 Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which it has been developing using internal research and development funding since 2016.

Jane's understands that the company plans to integrate a range of weapons systems to the UGV, with one example being a remote weapon station (RWS) fitted with two pods that each contain seven Thales TDA unguided 70 mm rockets.

Alternatively, the UGV could be fitted with the company's own Fieldranger RWS armed with a stabilised 20 mm dual feed cannon. The weapon station could also be armed with other weapons, such as a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun (MG), or with a 30 mm or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL).

Another possible weapons fit comprises a 40 mm AGL and a pod of two Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) on the right side.

The Fieldranger RWS is fitted with a sensor package on the left side and features powered traverse through 360°, with weapon elevation from -20 to 60°.

Besides logistics support, other roles envisioned by Rheinmetall Canada include battlefield surveillance - with the UGV fitted with a range of sensors, including a day/night sensor package and laser rangefinder mounted on a telescopic mast - medical evacuation, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection, fire suppression, and communications relay.

When being used as a cargo carrier, the UGV has a maximum payload of about 600 kg, although this is reduced to 300 kg to maintain amphibious mobility.

The UGV is based on an electrically powered 8×8 platform that can attain a maximum speed of up to 30 km/h. Tracks could be fitted over its wheels to further lower the ground pressure for improved mobility over soft terrain.

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