Rheinmetall has delivered Norway’s first Rheinmetall Mission Master XT, an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed to excel in extreme terrains and endure sub-zero temperatures.

Rheinmetall secured the contract from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, the primary institution responsible for defense-related research and development in Norway. This award came following a competitive bidding process that featured demanding mobility and schedule prerequisites.

This contract follows Rheinmetall’s participation in the Arctic Mobility Trials in Finland just a few months ago. During these trials, the Rheinmetall Mission Master XT demonstrated autonomy and mobility in a challenging environment. Despite facing extreme conditions with temperatures as low as -30°C, the vehicle successfully navigated icy rivers and scaled slippery banks.

Alain Tremblay, Vice President for Business Development and Innovation at Rheinmetall Canada, expressed pride in developing systems capable of withstanding some of the world’s harshest conditions. He also highlighted that these recent trials have demonstrated Rheinmetall’s readiness to meet the requirements of Nordic countries that encounter similar challenges similar to those in Canada.

Rheinmetall Mission Master XT, an extreme terrain UGV

Developed by Rheinmetall Canada in 2021, the Rheinmetall Mission Master XT can tackle ice and snow and sandy, rocky, and mountainous topography. Its advanced amphibious capabilities allow it to float and swim while maintaining its full payload capacity. Weighing in at 2,217 kg, this powerful A-UGV can carry a 1000 kg payload, allowing troops to transport special equipment to hard-to-reach locations. The diesel-powered engine allows it to travel 750 km without refueling, while internal batteries enable up to 6 hours of silent watch operations. Another key feature of the Rheinmetall Mission Master XT is its high-performance continuous tire inflation system, which adjusts the tire pressure according to the terrain.

Like other platforms in the Rheinmetall Mission Master family, the XT vehicle is driven by Rheinmetall PATH, an AI-powered navigation system that can be installed on any vehicle. This agnostic suite of advanced sensors and perception algorithms enables Mission Master vehicles to navigate autonomously through challenging environments while keeping soldiers out of harm’s way.

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Post Image- Rheinmetall Mission Master XT UGV in its cargo configuration (Image Credit: Rheinmetall)