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Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV Armed With Tiny Combat Drone Debuts at MSPO 2019
Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV armed with WARMATE micro combat UAV from WB Group

Rheinmetall has unveiled a new version of Mission Master Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) equipped with micro combat drones to enable it to perform surgical swarm attacks, at MSPO 2019 exhibition, Poland.

The drone, christened “WARMATE Loitering Munition System,” developed by Polish firm WB Group, also debuted at the event.

This version of the UGV is based on an 8x8 all-terrain platform capable of performing dangerous missions in hostile weather conditions, with the specific purpose of enhancing combat effectiveness. The integrated WARMATE micro combat unmanned air vehicle (UAV) opens up a range of new offensive and observation capabilities. It is capable of scanning the battlefield, detecting and determining exact enemy positions and, when the decision is made, engaging them.  When an attack is aborted, the WARMATE can be recalled, can continue loitering, or be directed at another target.

Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV Armed With Tiny Combat Drone Debuts at MSPO 2019
WB Group's WARMATE loitering munition

Surgical swarm attack increases the unit’s combat power, while simultaneously augmenting the safety of dismounted troops in close combat operations as the whole system can operate out of the line-of-sight.

Operators can command both the UGV and UAV from a mobile ground control station; a modern soldier system such as Rheinmetall Argus; or with Rheinmetall Command and Control Software installed in user’s battle management system.

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