German military technology manufacturer Rheinmetall Defense has introduced its latest development: the Mission Master – Armed Reconnaissance. The autonomous eight-wheeled robot is a new member added to its game-changing Mission Master Autonomous – Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) family.
Equipped with intelligence-gathering technology and a Rheinmetall Fieldranger remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), the new Armed Reconnaissance module is designed to collect tactical intelligence in the area of operations while providing frontline fire support whenever necessary. In addition to being useful for reconnaissance and surveillance operations, Mission Master vehicles can be equipped for regular surveillance, CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological Nuclear) detection, MEDEVAC (Medical evacuation) operations, and communication retransmission missions.
The 8×8 electric off-road vehicle is equipped with long-range electro-optical and infrared sensors, a 360-degree camera, a laser rangefinder, and a guidance system, as well as a 3.5-meter-high mast radar that provides an overview of the terrain from behind a shelter.
The Mission Master Armed Reconnaissance robot connects to the Argus system and uses Rheinmetall Command and Control software integrated into the combat control system. Each robot can communicate with brothers in arms and, using artificial intelligence, operate in a flock controlled by a remote operator, while autonomous robots perform individual tasks.
If necessary, the scout robot engages in action using the powerful 7.62mm RCWS Rheinmetall Fieldranger Light machine gun. In this case, the robot detects and locks on the target, and the operator gives the command to open fire.