Rheinmetall has announced the delivery of the first batch of artificial intelligence-based (AI) navigation systems to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Project Theseus 2.2.
The delivery is part of a contract awarded by the UK MoD on 21 February 2022 to support its initiative to automate supply delivery to soldiers deployed in tough terrains.
Prime contractor Rheinmetall is working in collaboration with its Ottawa-based robotics division Rheinmetall Provectus, and Polaris subsidiary Polaris Government and Defense.
Polaris Defence United Kingdom will deliver in-country support.
As part of the contract, Rheinmetall Group’s subsidiary Rheinmetall Canada, and Polaris Government and Defense are working to modernise the Polaris MRZR D4 ultra-light tactical vehicle with the Rheinmetall PATH Autonomy Kit (A-kit).
The PATH A-kit is an AI-powered navigation system that converts a crewed vehicle into an optionally crewed ground vehicle (OCGV).
It uses sensor fusion and environment mapping to help vehicles navigate autonomously.
The system enables vehicles to easily move in challenging terrains and rough weather conditions, thus keeping troops safe.
The navigation system’s open architecture also makes it easy to be upgraded to meet new requirements.
The contract requires the companies to perform installation and training, and provide spare parts and technical support for the PATH A-kit.
The contract also specifies platform support on 11 Polaris MRZR D4 vehicles.
The PATH-equipped MRZR D4 will be used for both crewed and autonomous execution of resupply missions.
A diesel-powered, ultra-light tactical vehicle, the Polaris MRZR D4 can carry a 680kg payload and tow 680kg.
The vehicle can be deployed for off-road and expeditionary missions.
At present, Rheinmetall Canada is also involved in the British Army’s Robotic Platoon Vehicles Programme.
Earlier this month, Rheinmetall reported an increase in consolidated sales.