Rheinmetall and Escribano Mechanical & Engineering (EM&E) demonstrated new modules carrying EM&E sensors and weapons systems for the Mission Master SP Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles (A-UGVs).
The demonstrations that took place at EM&E’s new facilities in San Juan del Viso in Spain involved two Mission Master A-UGVs. One UGV, designated Mission Master SP – Fire Support, was equipped with the Escribano Guardian 2.0 Remote Weapon Station (RWS); while another designated Mission Master SP – Surveillance was equipped with Escribano OTEOS sensor package. The two UGVs were able to communicate with each other with the Surveillance successfully detecting a threat and automatically sharing its location with the Fire support, triggering a slew-to-cue.
Live firing with the Mission Master SP – Fire Support equipped with the Escribano Guardian 2.0 RWS in the Dillon Aero M134D configuration was conducted using UGV/RWS portable controllers integrated with a safety board architecture, allowing safe wireless firing. As with all Mission Master Operations, targets are never engaged automatically. A human in the loop is always required for all kinetic decisions, Rheinmetall said in a press release.
For Rheinmetall Canada, this series of demonstrations in Spain marks the first integration of an EM&E payload on its Mission Master SP A-UGV and its first collaboration with a Spanish company.
The Mission Master A-UGV is designed to support military troops in dangerous missions, difficult terrain, and hostile weather conditions. Along with being able to handle reconnaissance and surveillance operations, the Mission Master platforms can be fitted for tactical over watch, fire support, medical evacuation, CBRN detection, communication relay, and any other type of missions that may require the support of an A-UGV.