EDA's Hy-MUP project complete
The European Defence Agency's (EDA's) Hybrid Manned Unmanned Platooning (Hy-MUP) research project has been completed, the agency announced on 6 February.
The project's objectives were to prove the feasibility of the operation of unmanned ground systems in coordination with regular manned vehicles in future mounted combat missions.
In addition to proving manned/unmanned teaming feasibility by analysing and defining use-cases for platooning, the project aimed to identify safety requirements, and develop a demonstrator of a manned/unmanned hybrid fleet capable of being deployed in convoy reconnaissance and/or surveillance missions.
The resulting Hy-MUP system saw a communication unit installed in a command and control vehicle, a 4x4 vehicle equipped with a drive-by-wire capability and leader follower enabling sensors. A communication system was also installed for remote operation. Different leader follower functionalities were tested, along with an obstacle avoidance function - although the latter could not be fully evaluated during the trials due to project constraints.
According to the EDA, although the Hy-MUP system is not yet fully completed and validated, it demonstrated the benefits and importance of manned/unmanned vehicle convoy capabilities in military operations.
The project was carried out by member states France and Germany, with ECA Robotics and Thales Optronique SAS representing France, and Diehl BGT Defence and Rheinmetall Landsysteme for Germany.
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