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June 3, 2019 | Local, Land

Rheinmetall rolls out robot rescue vehicle at CANSEC 2019

DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN

Rheinmetall has rolled out at CANSEC 2019 in Ottawa a rescue model of its “Mission Master” robotic vehicle. The vehicle gives soldiers the ability to evacuate casualties over long distances either autonomously or via remote control.

The rescue robot vehicle comes equipped with two basket stretchers with sliding provisions, head and foot immobilizers, oxygen masks and canisters, a monitor defibrillator, and other medical gear. All of these items would be impossible for a medic to carry on foot, Rheinmetall points out.

Troops can operate the Mission Master from near or far using autonomous navigation. While transporting a wounded soldier using the system's stretcher, for example, accompanying medics can use the vehicle as a workstation to administer emergency care.
Using the “follow me” function, the rescue robot can roll alongside other soldiers, who are busy making sure that the surrounding area is safe and secure, the company noted. “In both “follow me” and autonomous navigation modes, the Mission Master significantly relieves cognitive and physical stress, allowing troops to deal with the mission at hand,” according to Rheinmetall.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/rheinmetall-rolls-out-robot-rescue-vehicle-at-cansec-2019

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