The United Kingdom recently conducted its first-ever trial and evaluation of three heavy unmanned ground vehicles (H-UGVs), ramping up its armed force’s combat capacity in 21st-century warfare.

The test involved a rigorous assessment of the capabilities of each H-UGV and its respective effectiveness in different battlefield scenarios.

According to UK military officials, more than two weeks of testing was conducted at the British Army’s Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Bovington, Dorset, in England, evaluating the heavy (weighing over five tons) remotely-controlled vehicles developed by defense contractors from the Human-Machine Teaming Framework.

A first of its kind, the Defense Equipment and Support’s Future Capability Group (FCG) spearheaded the trial and performed a “stringent” examination on the selected H-UGVs, including Elbit System’s ROBUST, Milrem Robotics’ Type X, and Rheinmetall’s Wiesel.