British surveillance company Silent Sentinel has been awarded a contract from Rheinmetall to provide a multi-sensor electro-optic platform for the company’s Mission Master Uncrewed Ground Vehicle (UGV).

The Silent Sentinel system will be fitted to the ‘Armed Reconnaissance’ variant of the UGV and is the first contract in the sector for the company.

The full systems include a dual Electro-Optic/Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera payload, laser range finder, panoramic camera for 360º all built into a Jaeger pan-and-tilt unit. The first Armed Reconnaissance Mission Master UGVs with the system have already been deployed and are operational with more deliveries due by the end of 2021.

The EO/IR payload is fitted on a 3.5m expandable mast allowing the UGV to be transported by CH-53 Sea Stallion or CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The payload will be manufactured in Herefordshire, with Silent Sentinel also providing through-life support.

Silent Sentinel Sales Director James Longcroft said: “The future of defence is developing rapidly, and Silent Sentinel is proud to be supporting advanced unmanned technology.

“As the nature of the battlefield changes, we stand ready to support our Armed Forces and allies with the best possible imaging equipment, increasing situational awareness on the ground.”

The Armed Reconnaissance Mission Master is also equipped with a Rheinmetall Fieldranger Light 7.62 mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS). The UGV is also designed around a ‘radio-agnostic architecture’ meaning it can be configured to support any radio potential operators are seeking to use.

Earlier in November, Silent Sentinel was selected by the US Air Force (USAF) as a provider for its “Build the Base of the Future” challenger. For this competition, Silent Sentinel is providing an EO/IR and tracking as part of a wider Team Phosonic Perimeter Security Sensors and Analytics Platform (PSSAP) system.

Image: Silent Sentinel.