Singapore. Giving a new dimension to ground warfare, Milrem Robotics based in Estonia formerly part of erstwhile Soviet Union displayed at the Singapore Airshow 2020 its Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), which is a mission proven fifth generation THeMIS UGV designed to assist soldiers on the battlefield while enhancing their combat effectiveness.
The UGV was deployed in Mali, Africa during the French led anti-insurgent operation Barkhane since early 2019. It incorporates all the knowledge gained during rigorous tests held in the United States, Europe and Singapore.
During various live military exercises, the UGV has been deployed by the British Army, US Marines, the Royal Dutch Army, Latvian and Estonian Defence Forces. The Defence Technology Institute of Thailand will soon be evaluating the THeMIS for its suitability for the country’s armed forces.
“We are presenting a mature and robust product that, as our clients have already determined, will greatly enhance warfighting capabilities,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.
The THeMIS UGV which is already in serial production has been delivered to Indonesia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, France, US and the UK to provide combat support and carry supplies with an option to integrate additional kinetic or non-kinetic payloads.
This tracked multipurpose UGV can be equipped with remote weapon systems, tethered drones, C-IED solutions and ISR sensors.
“The THeMIS has become the industry standard UGV sought out for various payload integration projects. Together with partners like ST Engineering, EOS, Kongsberg, FN Herstal and MBDA more than a dozen different systems have already been integrated,” Väärsi said. Live firing tests have been conducted with five different weapon systems, including the JAVELIN anti-tank missile system.
The UGV has been equipped with autonomous functions including point-to-point navigation, obstacle detection and avoidance, enabling it to follow dismounted troops, patrol a perimeter, provide front line resupply and evacuate casualties with minimal intervention by the operator.