Milrem Robotic’s fifth generation of the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) has passed air transportability tests, adding airlifting as another option for deployment.
According to Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics “The most common question about THeMIS size class unmanned ground vehicles is how do you get them to where you need to use them. We have tackled this question during development of the newest – fifth generation THeMIS – and added a number of options: towing, hauling, following a convoy autonomously and now airlifting.”
The THeMIS which is a multipurpose tracked UGV, can carry a payload of up to 1200kg, move 25 km/h and pull equipment with a force of 21 000 N. It is a popular choice for a variety of payload integrations and among other things can be equipped with:
- weapon systems
- tethered drones
- IED detection devices
Working with industry partners such as Kongsberg, FN Herstal, MBDA and ST Engineering, the THeMIS has already been integrated with a wide variety of different systems.
The fifth generation THeMIS incorporates all the knowledge gained during tests held in the US, Europe, the Middle East and deployment in Mali in the French lead Operation Barkhane. The fifth generation THeMIS follows NATO STANAG standards in the vehicle’s architecture, safety, air transportability, power offload and other aspects.
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In addition, Milrem Robotics is working on enhancing the vehicle with autonomous functions including point-to-point navigation, obstacle detection and avoidance. Autonomous functions development is focused on mobility alone, not on weapon systems deployment.
The THeMIS will be exhibited at various stands at DSEI London this September 10th – 13th.