By ARIE EGOZI
Tel Aviv. Israeli company UVision and Milrem Robotics, an Estonian company that makes advanced unmanned ground vehicles and robotics warfare solutions, have recently joined hands to produce solution which will enable Milrem’s two Robotic Combat Vehicles, commonly known as Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV´s) Type X and THeMIS to mount UVision’s Loitering Munition Multi-Canister Launcher.
The new operational concept, presented by the two companies, is designed to offer frontline forces with a new independent ability to locate, track and accurately eliminate heavily armored targets from large distances in challenging battlefield conditions, including GPS denied environment and communication jamming without the need for a headquarters support. It provides small light forces with advanced ISR capabilities combined with highly accurate long-range heavy fire power that were achieved until now only with complex cooperation between several units and echelons.
The newly developed Type-X robotic combat vehicle (RCV) from Milrem Robotics will now be offered with a Multi Canister Launcher for UVision’s Lethal Loitering Munition Systems (LLMS). The launcher can be equipped with two of UVision’s already operational Loitering Munition Systems: The Hero-120, with its anti-tank warhead and up to one hour of flight time and the Hero-400EC, capable of destroying fortified targets, with up to two operational hours.
Milrem’s Type-X will also be equipped with a 40 km range communication antenna, located on a telescopic rising mast, improving the operator’s control of the system.
The second vehicle, Milrem Robotics flagship THeMIS, is designed for operation by dismounted infantry and Special Forces. It will carry up to six of UVision’s Loitering Munition Systems and will provide the forces with long-range ISR and firepower combination for the first time.
THeMIS recently completed a full 12-month deployment to an international military operation in Mali, and has already been delivered to several NATO countries (including Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and US).
“As a leading innovative company that takes pride in advanced and in-depth military understanding, UVision has long been a provider of new operational solutions,” says Major General (res) Avi Mizrachi, UVision’s CEO. “With a highly experienced team, all with military background, and many with actual combat experience, we know first-hand the challenges that operational forces face in battle conditions today, and we are committed to provide advanced, yet user-friendly and affordable solutions that meet those challenges,” he said.
Kuldar Väärsi, Milrem Robotics CEO adds, “Bringing disruptive technologies to the battlefield and enhancing our warfighters’ safety and capabilities are the driving force for Milrem Robotics.”
The Type-X RCV is a Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) with tactical characteristics of a modern Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). The RCV can be equipped with a main armament of 30 up to 50mm automatic cannon. It is a rapidly deployable and dependable unit, able to autonomously navigate the battlefield and perform tasks, keeping the operator in the loop with real-time Situational Awareness.
The Type-X concept is based on open architecture that enables it to be integrated with various payloads.
The vehicle is designed for operations encompassing the entire spectrum of conflict from permissive to denied environments, fighting effectively in both conventional and non-conventional conflicts.
The THeMIS is the first hybrid fully modular unmanned ground vehicle in the world. The vehicle is intended to provide support for dismounted troops by serving as a transport platform, remote weapon station, IED detection and disposal unit, and much more. The vehicle’s open architecture gives it the multi-missions capability much needed on the modern battlefield.
The agreement was signed earlier this week. The integration will mostly be done in Estonia as well as other places according to client needs.
-The writer is an Israel-based freelance journalist