Next-Generation Multi-Purpose Military UGV Launched

Published: 12 Sep 2019

Milrem 5th gen UGVMilrem Robotics, a developer of robotic warfare solutions, has announced the launch of the fifth generation of its THeMIS UGV (unmanned ground vehicle). The new UGV is being exhibited at the DSEI 2019 trade show in London.

The THeMIS is a multipurpose tracked unmanned vehicle that can be equipped with a variety of auxiliary systems including weapons platforms, tethered drones, and sensors for targeting, IED detection and more. Many integrated systems have already been designed around the THeMIS UGV by companies such as Kongsberg, FN Herstal and MBDA, and live firing tests have been conducted with five different weapon systems, including an anti-tank missile launcher based on the Javelin platform.

The fifth generation of the THeMIS UGV has taken advantage of results of tests conducted around the world, as well as critical intelligence gained from battlefield deployment. The vehicle follows NATO STANAG standards in many aspects of its design, including architecture, safety, air transportability and power offload.

“In 2015 we exhibited the first THeMIS concept here at DSEI in London. Now, four years later, after extensive testing with industry partners and NATO forces in very demanding environments we are proud to be back here and present a mature and robust product that will greatly enhance warfighting capabilities,” commented Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. “Our engineers have taken into account the feedback from different armed forces and carried it into the design creating a really robust and reliable tool to support dismounted troops.”

The first of the new THeMIS UGVs have already been delivered to the Netherlands and Norway, designed as logistics platforms for the transport of gear and supplies, with an option to be fitted with additional warfighting equipment. Milrem is currently developing additional advanced autonomy features for the vehicle, including point-to-point navigation, obstacle detection and avoidance.

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