Milrem Robotics has announced the launch of the THeMIS Observe, an autonomous Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) based on the company’s THeMIS UGV.
“A UGV-based ISR system significantly increases a tactical unit’s reaction speed on targets as well as the stand-off distance from enemy units,” explained Cpt (res) Jüri Pajuste, Defense Research Director at Milrem Robotics. “Thanks to that the capability and survivability of tactical reconnaissance units will increase considerably.” This capability is not typically available on one platform for light infantry units.
The THeMIS Observe is integrated with various ISR equipment, including the Z:Sparrowhawk camera from HENSOLDT, the Squire radar from Thales, Metravib Defence Pearl acoustic shot detection and the ROSY (Rapid Obscuring System) from Rheinmetall. The system can also be equipped with a light remote weapon station.
Additionally, the THeMIS Observe is equipped with Milrem’s Intelligent Functions Kit that enables autonomous functions such as follow-me, waypoint navigation with obstacle detection and avoidance.
“The combination of those systems allows units to do multi-sensor identification on one platform and react faster on emerging targets,” Pajuste added.
The THeMIS Observe will be demonstrated during the European Commission’s European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP)-funded iMUGS project’s fourth demonstration in Belgium in June 2022, as well as at Eurosatory 2022.
The iMUGS project aims to develop a European standardized Unmanned Ground System (EUGS). During the project, modular and scalable architecture for hybrid manned-unmanned systems will be developed to standardize a European wide ecosystem.