Bundeswehr German Army tests available UGV


According to Waldemar Geiger in Soldat & Technik, the Bundeswehr intends to equip the infantry with unmanned ground vehicles for logistical purposes and is testing various systems available on the market in changing deployment scenarios as part of an R&T study.

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The Office for Army Development (Department II 2) in cooperation with the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (Department U6.2), the Defense Technical Service 81, the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE and of the 6th company of the guard battalion carried out a test of two systems available on the market at the Lehnin military training area (Picture source: Bundeswehr/Fraunhofer FKIE)


This week, Waldemar Geiger reports, the Office for Army Development (Department II 2) in cooperation with the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (Department U6.2), the Defense Technical Service 81, the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE and of the 6th Company of the Guard Battalion carried out a test of two systems available on the market at the Lehnin military training area. The focus of the current tests is the independent following of loaded unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) in the wooded area. The UGV Ziesel from Diehl Defense and THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) from Milrem Robotics are used for the current tests.

In autumn 2019, tests with the remote-controlled systems Mission Master (Rheinmetall), Ziesel (Diehl Defense) and Probot (Elbit Sysystems) were carried out at the infantry school in Hammelburg in order to gain initial practical knowledge. According to reports, these were positive among the participating users of the army. It is intended to test other systems available on the market in the future.

In the future, such UGVs are to be used as cargo mules in the heavy infantry trains and support the transport of heavy dismounted weapons, such as grenade launchers (GraMaWa) and MELLS anti-tank guided missiles. Six systems, three GraMaWa and three MELLS each, would be required for full equipment.


 

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