Milrem Robotics has unveiled its new UGV (unmanned ground vehicle), the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle, which is equipped with John Cockerill’s CPWS II turret. The vehicle is designed to support mechanized units as an intelligent wingman to main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.
The 12-ton Type-X features intelligent functions such as follow-me, waypoint navigation and obstacle detection based on Artificial Intelligence algorithms. It has been designed to allow remote control at high speeds, and is capable of moving at up to 80 km/h on paved roads and 50 km/h off-road.
The vehicle is equipped with the CPWS II, a low-profile lightweight turret that can mount the M242 25mm X 137mm Bushmaster cannon or the 230LF 30mm X 113mm cannon. The Type-X can be fitted with a cannon up to 50 mm, providing equal or overmatching firepower and tactical usage to a unit equipped with Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
Milrem Robotics drew on its experience gained from developing the THeMIS UGV in creating the Type-X. THeMIS is a system that is designed to support dismounted troops and has been acquired by eleven countries, including seven NATO members: the Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, France, Norway, the UK, and the US.
Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics, commented: “Exhibiting the Type-X for the first time at IDEX 2021 is a symbolic step as the system has been specifically designed for the region’s requirements. The Type-X provides means to engage the enemy with minimal risk to own troops. Replacing a lost RCV instead of trained soldiers is purely a logistical nuance.”