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Milrem Robotics' UGVs to be equipped with attack drones

BC, Tallinn, 08.10.2020.Print version
Estonian developer of robotics and unmanned systems Milrem Robotics and international manufacturer of aerial munitions systems UVision Air have started cooperation to equip Milrem's unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) with attack drones, reports LETA/BNS.

Attack drones manufactured by UVision can perform a dual mission -- to track and to destroy a target, Milrem said in a press release.

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 press release said.

Milrem Robotics has teamed with the Israeli company UVision to install a multi canister launcher for UVision’s Lethal Loitering Munition Systems (LMs) on its newly developed Type-X robotic combat vehicle (RCV).

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' UGV flagship, THeMIS, is designed for operation by dismounted infantry and special forces. Able to carry up to six of UVision's loitering munition systems, it will provide the forces with long-range ISR and firepower combination that will now be available to them for the first time.  

"With a highly experienced team, all -- with military background, and many with actual combat experience, we know first-hand the challenges that are facing operational forces in battle conditions today, and we are committed to provide advanced, yet user-friendly and affordable solutions that meet those challenges. Teaming up with Milrem Robotics, to provide new operational concepts based on the advantages of both companies' cutting-edge solutions, is another milestone in our unprecedented developments," said retired Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrachi, UVision's CEO.

Kuldar Vaarsi, Milrem Robotics CEO, described bringing disruptive technologies to the battlefield and enhancing our warfighters' safety and capabilities as the driving force for Milrem Robotics.

"Our robotic platforms are deployed by different nations and it is our duty to propose new ways on how unmanned systems can benefit to capability building," he said.

Milrem's 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 50 mm 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 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 a multi-missions capability on the battlefield.

The THeMIS recently completed a full 12-month deployment to an international military operation in Mali, and has already been delivered to a several NATO countries, including Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Milrem Robotics also performs system integration of capabilities such as sensors, software and sensor based intelligent functions, and weapon systems.

The company also leads iMUGS (Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System), a project funded by the European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP), which develops the European standard architecture for unmanned ground vehicles and their management system, including cyber defense solutions, and demonstrates the advantages of unmanned systems for enhancing defense capabilities.

The functions of the system on the battlefield initially are to do with improving situational awareness on the battlefield and increasing the maneuver and transport capabilities of units.

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