Spanish company Escribano Mechanicals & Engineering (EM&E) recently demonstrated a number of vehicles technologies to Gen Francisco Javier Varela Salas, Chief of Staff of the Spanish Army, the company announced on 26 April. The demonstrations took place at Escribano’s â€˜Viso Valley’ facility, its newly established experimentation centre.
The technical maturity of the GUARDIAN 30 station was shown, integrated on to a Spanish Marine PIRANHA vehicle. This is one of the weapon stations proposed for the Spanish Army’s new 8×8 armoured vehicle programme. Escribano is investing in and expanding its capabilities, to become a national technology reference point and with an eye on the future 8×8 DRAGÃ“N programme.
Among the systems showcased were two Rheinmetall Mission Master UGVs, integrating Escribano’s GUARDIAN 2.0 station and OTEOS electro-optical system. The Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is produced by Rheinmetall to support multiple mission requirements of troops in difficult terrain conditions. The vehicle features a rugged, all-terrain and fully-amphibious 8Ã—8 chassis.
Also demonstrated was the established â€˜Remote Drive’ solution, using an URO VAMTAC vehicle integrating the GUARDIAN 2.0. The system was developed in conjunction with INTA and INSIA, a research body of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, under a National Armament Directorate programme contracted in 2018. A contract for the supply of 83 driving camera systems was awarded last year.