Milrem Robotics has delivered the first THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) to the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) under the framework of the Scorpion program that was launched in 2021 to evaluate the capabilities of existing UGVs.
The Ministry, through the Directorate of Armament and Material, awarded the contract for one THeMIS UGV to A.Paukner, S.A., Milrem Robotics’ representative in Spain.
During the first phase of the program, a list of missions will be defined that can benefit from the usage of unmanned ground systems.
The THeMIS UGV is a multi-mission capable system intended to support dismounted troops and can transport a squad’s gear or be rapidly converted into a weaponized remotely operated unit to offer force protection.
“The THeMIS has already proven itself to 12 countries, seven of which are members of NATO, as a capable, robust and versatile system,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. “We are glad that Spain has joined as the 13th user of THEMIS and chosen Milrem Robotics as a partner to build their robotic and autonomous systems capabilities.”
“A.Paukner, S.A is proud to become the first supplier of a UGV platform to the Spanish MoD within the framework of the ambitious ‘Escorpion program’ devoted to testing and evaluating these unmanned ground systems,” said G. Ingo Paukner, CEO of A.Paukner, S.A. “The THeMIS UGV is a very powerful, flexible, and easy to deploy multirole platform (also quickly configurable for disaster relief and firefighting missions, if needed) to be incorporated with leading-edge Spanish Industry solutions. The combination of technologies provides a solid product and new capabilities to the Spanish Army which could potentially also generate joint business opportunities with other allied Armed Forces. The support and commitment of Milrem Robotics for this project have been outstanding. We are grateful for this support as well for the MoD’s trust in our company and its unmanned systems portfolio.”
“THeMIS provides a robust robotic platform ready to be equipped with several payloads in order to boost experimentation and other R&D activities with a reliable and well-known solution,” said a representative of the Spanish MoD’s program.