Rheinmetall has demonstrated the guided rocket firing capabilities of its autonomous uncrewed ground vehicle (A-UGV), Rheinmetall Mission Master SP, during a live-fire drill in Sweden.
During the demonstration, the A-UGV fired Thales FZ275 70 mm laser-guided rockets (LGRs) at a 4×4 vehicle located approximately 4km away from the vehicle.
The demonstration was conducted at the Trängslet base of the Swedish procurement agency FMV. It was attended by delegations from Belgium, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden.
The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP is a low-profile A-UGV, designed to offer protection and assistance to troops in different missions.
The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP – Fire Support, which was used in the drill, featured a Rheinmetall Fieldranger Multi remotely controlled weapon station, equipped with two seven-tube 70mm rocket launchers from Thales Belgium.
In a statement, Rheinmetall said: “The demonstration marked the culmination of the successful qualification process for the Fieldranger Multi equipped with the Thales 70mm rocket launcher.
“Previously limited to aircraft, these area saturation and precise strike applications can engage stationary and mobile targets, at ranges of up to 7km, with minimal collateral damage. They are now qualified for use with the Mission Master A-UGV.
“Moreover, this new configuration is now ready to be integrated into other types of platforms and armoured vehicles.”
The Mission Master SP – Fire Support has several configurations. It can also support other weapon systems such as 12.7 mm calibre machine guns, a Dillon Aero M134D gun, and 40mm grenade launchers.
In February, Rheinmetall won a ‘mid-two-digit million-euro’ order to deliver a new generation of Maske 76 rapid smoke/obscurant cartridges to Switzerland.