Hyundai Rotem handed over two HR-Sherpa prototype multipurpose unmanned ground vehicles (MPUGVs)
On July 7, 2021, the South Korean company Hyundai Rotem (part of the Hyundai Motor Company) presented a prototype of a new combat ground-based robotic complex of its own design. It is reported that the new combat robotic complex is equipped with a hybrid power plant and has a combat weight of 1800 kg. and can carry 600 kg of payload. Two prototypes were handed over for testing to the units of the South Korean army.
South Korean company Hyundai Rotem handed over two HR-Sherpa prototype multipurpose unmanned ground vehicles (MPUGVs) to the Defense Procurement Program Office of the Republic of Korea (DAPA) for use in a six-month evaluation test.
The company said the move marks the first introduction of unmanned ground vehicles in the national military after it won a contract for the supply of 6 × 6 platforms in November 2020, along with related training and support.
MPUGVs can be used for various purposes, in close combat, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as for replenishing ammunition, consumables and evacuating the wounded.
They weigh less than 2 tons, are powered by batteries, are equipped with a remote combat module, and have a cargo compartment in the rear for transporting about 200 kg of cargo or transporting patients. Each wheel with airless tires has a built-in electric motor that drives them.