Rheinmetall’s Mission Master Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle has successfully completed a live-fire demo using Thales 70mm guided rockets.
The demonstration for six European allies took place at the Trängslet base of the Swedish procurement agency Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) near Älvdalen. Delegations from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Poland were present. The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP is part of the Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) family developed by Rheinmetall Canada.
The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP – Fire Support was equipped with a Rheinmetall Fieldranger Multi remotely controlled weapon station armed with two seven-tube 70mm rocket launchers from Thales Belgium.
For the demonstration, the A-UGV fired Thales' FZ275 70mm laser-guided rockets (LGRs) at a 4x4 vehicle located 4 km away from the firing point. The FZ275 LGR is the lightest and longest range 70 mm/2.75-inch LGR in its class, which Rheinmetall says delivers “metric precision and accuracy.”
The demonstration marked the culmination of the successful qualification process for the Fieldranger Multi equipped with the Thales 70 mm rocket launcher. Previously limited to aircraft, these area saturation and precise strike applications can engage stationary and mobile targets at ranges of up to 7 km with minimal collateral damage. They are now qualified for use with the Mission Master A-UGV. Moreover, the new configuration is now ready to be integrated into other types of platforms and armoured vehicles.
This only represents one of many possible configurations for the Mission Master SP – Fire Support. Featuring a fully modular architecture, the A-UGV can also be equipped with other weapon systems: 12.7 mm calibre machine guns, a Dillon Aero M134D gun, or 40 mm grenade launchers.
Rheinmetall and Thales both stressed the critical importance of the human-in-the-loop configuration, meaning that the operator has complete control of the weapon system from target acquisition to final fire authorisation.