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British Army orders four Rheinmetall Mission Master-Cargo UGVs

The United Kingdom armed forces have ordered four Mission Master-Cargo unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) from Rheinmetall Canada for its Robotic Platoon Vehicle (RPV) programme, the company announced in a press release on 16 April.

The contract includes training, service support, and spare parts. Rheinmetall Canada is to supply the platforms, while Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) will provide on-location support services.

The United Kingdom has ordered four Rheinmetall Mission Master-Cargo UGVs. (Rheinmetall Canada)

The United Kingdom has ordered four Rheinmetall Mission Master-Cargo UGVs. (Rheinmetall Canada)

The Mission Master UGV is an all-terrain, multipurpose vehicle based on an 8×8 platform. It has a top speed of 40 km/h and is ruggedised and fully amphibious, with the option of being fitted with tracks or chains for additional mobility. The basic platform is 2.95 m long, weighs approximately 750 kg, and can carry a 600 kg payload (400 kg during amphibious operations). The cargo version can carry payloads for missions including logistic transport, surveillance, protection, medical evacuation, fire suppression, chemical, biological and nuclear detection, and communication relay.

The vehicle is air-transportable by external sling load or internally by a CH-53 or CH-47 heavy lift helicopter or a C-130 transport aircraft. None of the parts are subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), facilitating export.

The order also includes two stretcher systems that can be integrated into the cargo bay area in 60 seconds for casualty evacuation missions.

The four cargo units will be delivered this quarter.

This story, first published on 17 April 2020, is subject to a correction and has been amended.

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