Rheinmetall has unveiled its latest armed battlefield robot designed for tactical intelligence gathering and combat support. Part of the company’s Mission Master Autonomous – Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) family, the Mission Master – Armed Reconnaissance system is capable of not only carrying out recon missions, but also providing fire support for troops.
As military robots become more sophisticated and autonomous, they’ve been taking on a wider variety of missions. Where an army robot was once little more than a remote controlled arm on a motorized trolley to disarm bombs, they are now autonomous machines capable of running supply convoys, standing guard duty, and carrying out reconnaissance missions.
Additionally, the command and control systems for these battlefield robots have gone from simple joysticks and a cable to intricate radio cybernetworks that allow a single operator to control entire teams of autonomous robots.
An example of these trends can be seen in Rheinmetall’s Mission Master – Armed Reconnaissance robot, which is designed for high-risk scouting missions that require real-time retrieval of large amounts of data. To do this, the company took its Mission Master platform and added a sensor suite and a Rheinmetall Fieldranger Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) to provide fire support when needed.