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DSEI 2021: QinetiQ and Dstl look to reinvent the wheel with future UGV concept

16th September 2021 - 15:30 GMT | by Samuel Beal in London

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Reduced-scale model of the 8x8 MTR demonstrator platform, as seen at DSEI 2021. (Photo: Sam Beal)

Mobility Test Rig gives a glimpse into a future of stealthy, unmanned and agile UGVs tied together by ‘sensor to shooter’ data links.

QinetiQ and UK MoD agency Dstl, along with other industrial partners, exhibited a scale model of their new Mobility Test Rig (MTR) technology at DSEI in London on 14-17 September.

The 8x8 MTR intends to bring novel mobility, capability and operational advantages in the burgeoning UGV segment. 

Speaking to Shephard, William Suttie of the Land Platforms Group in Dstl explained that the philosophy behind MTR was to meet future operational requirements beyond 2030.

‘If you look at conflicts in Ukraine or Nagorno-Karabakh, heavy tracked formations are very vulnerable... what Army headquarters is now saying is that we need our

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Samuel Beal is a contributor to Shephard Media and is currently reading for a master’s …

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