Rheinmetall , in partnership with MBDA, showcased a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021.
The fully amphibious four-cell missile launcher, which can float and swim with a 1,000 kg payload, is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV that boasts of larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type. The UGV also has a continuous tyre inflation system allowing it to operate with 2 cm holes in its tyres on ice, snow, and sub-zero weather conditions in sandy, rocky, and mountainous terrain.
The new fire support module is the first iteration of the Mission Master XT that was launched in June. Brimstone is designed to engage both line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight moving and static targets, and to operate in two engagement modes: radar and semi-active laser. It can be fired from the Mission Master XT in salvos against single or multiple targets.
The Mission Master XT’s diesel engine gives the UGV a range of 750 km without refuelling and its lithium-ion batteries give it an endurance of six hours in silent mode. The UGV can be used for a variety of missions. including ambush, fire support, and suppression of enemy air defence.
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