The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP UGVs, expected to be delivered early next year for testing, represent a leap in military vehicular technology.The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP UGVs, expected to be delivered early next year for testing, represent a leap in military vehicular technology.
  • Multi-million Dollar Contract Paves the Way for Autonomous UGVs in Japan

Duesseldorf, Germany — German defense and automotive group, Rheinmetall, Monday announced a significant breakthrough in the Japanese defense sector by securing a multimillion-dollar contract for the supply of autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs). This pioneering move by the Japanese Ministry of Defence marks Japan’s first foray into a fleet of autonomous military vehicles, highlighting the nation’s commitment to integrating cutting-edge technology in its defense strategy.

日本、ラインメタルから自動運転車両を購入

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Diverse Terrain

The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP’s design is ideally suited for a country with diverse terrain and climatic conditions like Japan. The vehicle’s electric nature makes it a low-profile, silent operator, perfect for covert operations. Its design allows deployment in challenging terrains, facilitated by towing or parachute drops. Additionally, the UGVs are equipped with tracks to enhance mobility in deep snow and mud, a crucial feature for operations in Japan’s varied landscapes.

First Deliveries in 2025

The Rheinmetall Mission Master SP UGVs, expected to be delivered early next year for testing, represent a leap in military vehicular technology. These compact, low-signature electric vehicles are versatile, designed to perform various missions autonomously, ranging from logistics support to surveillance and even armed operations. The versatility is further enhanced by different payload modules that the UGVs can carry, including cargo, surveillance equipment, and a remote-controlled weapon station.

Integral to the contract, Rheinmetall will also provide a comprehensive support and training program for these vehicles, along with a supply of spare parts. This ensures long-term sustainability and operability of the UGVs within the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force.

The collaboration between Rheinmetall and Marubeni Aerospace, a major Japanese business conglomerate, is a significant aspect of this deal. Marubeni Aerospace, acting as the prime contractor, will receive training from Rheinmetall to offer local support, underscoring the emphasis on building domestic expertise in managing these advanced military assets.

By Lisa Luckas

Lisa Luckas is a Sr. Business News Editor at Nobot.News.

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