The European Defense Agency (EDA) has completed a project to evaluate the use of unmanned ground systems with manned vehicles in mounted combat missions.
As part of the hybrid manned unmanned platooning (Hy-MUP) project, EDA aimed to enhance soldiers' familiarity with heavy unmanned ground vehicles.
The EDA aimed to develop a demonstrator of a hybrid fleet of manned and unmanned vehicles, which would be deployed in convoy reconnaissance and / or surveillance (platooning) missions with a manned mobile control and command vehicle (CCV).
The project also involved the creation of an automated vehicle, which could be operated from the control station installed in the CCV, or configured to follow a leader vehicle autonomously.
During the project, the EDA identified various case scenarios for using mixed platoons of manned and unmanned vehicles.
The control station and the communication unit were installed in a control and command vehicle lent by the French Ministry of Defence, EDA stated.
A 4x4 wheel drive civilian vehicle (ISUZU D-MAX) was then equipped with several sensors to enable autonomous motion using ‘Leader Following’ facilities, according to EDA.
A communication unit was also used to facilitate teleoperation through the control station.
Funded by France and Germany, the Hy-MUP project was carried out by a consortium comprising ECA Robotics and Thales Optronique for France, as well as Diehl BGT Defence and Rheinmetall Landsysteme for Germany.
Image: EDA proves the potential of hybrid manned-unmanned platooning. Photo: courtesy of European Defence Agency.