Friday, April 12, 2024

German weapons maker Rheinmetall unveils new robo-tank

German technology firm Rheinmetall announced on Friday it had developed a new robotic ground vehicle based on the Wiesel platform.

As noted by the German weapons maker, the Wiesel vehicle is equipped with a high-tech autonomy kit.

Rheinmetall’s Autonomous Combat Warrior Wiesel is driven by a state of the art autonomous kit which is applicable to a variety of both tracked and wheeled vehicle systems such as Boxer, Lynx or HX tactical trucks.

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New combat vehicles could enable robot vehicles to carry supplies, test enemy defenses and even fire weapons – all while manned vehicles operate at a safer distance.

The ACW can be operated manually, remote-controlled or in full autonomous mode by programming waypoints on a tablet. It can avoid obstacles autonomously and it can also follow a lead vehicle in convoy mode.

Next-generation features include detecting soldier behavior and off-road terrain. The ultimate goal is improving soldier safety by keeping operators out of harm’s way.

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