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Rheinmetall and WB Group introduce new version of Mission Master UGV

4th September 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rheinmetall has introduced its Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle integrated with the Warmate loitering munition from WB Group. 

The two companies have teamed up to integrate the two autonomous systems together, and have showcased it for the first time at the MSPO exhibition taking place in Kielce, Poland. 

This new Mission Master – Protection version of the UGV is based on an 8x8 all-terrain vehicle, and integrated with Warmate will be able to carry out new offensive and observation capabilities

It can scan the battlefield to detect and determine exact enemy positions and counter them as necessary. 

When an attack is aborted, the Warmate can be recalled, can continue loitering, or be directed at another target.

The new configuration of the UGV also features a tube-launched system equipped with several Warmate UAVs that can carry out swarm attacks, which protects dismounted troops as the system can operate out of sight. 

‘The use of micro combat UAVs on our Mission Master UGVs is an incredible opportunity for ground commanders,’ Alain Tremblay, Rheinmetall Canada's VP for business development, said. 

‘Being able to observe hidden targets and conduct precise identification before initiating a surgical strike with minimal collateral damage is a real tactical advantage on today's battlefield. And since both the Mission Master and the Warmate are able to conduct certain autonomous operations, it reduces the number of military personnel required, and lets troops focus on mission success.’

Operators can command both the UGV and UAV from a mobile ground control station, a soldier system such as Rheinmetall’s Argus, or with Rheinmetall’s command and control software installed in a user's battle management system.

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