Milrem Robotics, a European robotics and autonomous systems developer, has unveiled its latest combat technology – an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that combines the THEMIS platform with LeonardoHITROLE Lightweight Remote Weapon Station (RWS).
This partnership enhances force protection, increases operational range, and leverages artificial intelligence for many mission-critical tasks.
The THEMIS Combat UGV is designed to provide direct fire support for maneuver units, effectively acting as a force multiplier. Partnered with the HITROLE Light RWS, which can be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher and supported by AI functions for target acquisition, reconnaissance prioritization and tracking, this Gemini can tackle a number of multi-role tasks.
These tasks include surveillance, patrol, border security, sniper operations and asymmetric missions. It is important that human operators maintain control of target engagement.
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One of the advantages of THEMIS Combat UGV is its ability to enhance force protection and extend operational range. It authorizes operators to operate the weapon system while maintaining a protected position and conducting 24-hour observation.
According to GlobalData’s “The Global Military Unmanned Ground Vehicle Market 2022-2032According to the report, the global market for combat UGVs is valued at USD 223 million in 2022 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period to reach USD 363 million by 2032.
Leonardo’s HITROLE Light RWS, an ultra-light multi-role turret, has already proven its effectiveness with more than 300 units in service worldwide. The collaboration between Milrem Robotics and Leonardo marks a step forward in the development of capable robotic combat systems. The result attempts to promise enhanced combat capabilities and improve troop safety.
Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics, emphasized the importance of this collaboration, stating: “THEMIS has proven to be the most popular and suitable robotic mobility platform for RWS integrations. Our collaboration with Leonardo and the integration of HITROLE represent the next critical steps in this journey.
Together with Leonardo, we can offer a highly capable robotic combat system to the Italian Army and to customers around the world. This will greatly enhance combat capabilities and, even more importantly, contribute to the security of troops.”
THEMIS UGV is an unmanned system in various configurations used in robotics programs in 16 countries worldwide, including eight NATO member countries. Some examples include the Spanish Ministry of Defense and Thailand taking delivery of the THEMIS Combat Uncrewed Ground Vehicle (UGV) from Milrem Robotics.
Milrem Robotics has offices in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.
MilRem Robotics is an Estonian defense company that specializes in robotics and UGV development and has become a dominant force in the global UGV market. MilRem Robotics has garnered attention and investment from the global defense market, with German armored vehicle maker KMW acquiring a 24.9% stake in the company, according to GlobalData.Thematic Intelligence: Unmanned Ground Vehicles 2023” report.
UAE-owned EDGE Group also acquired a majority controlling stake in Milrem Robotics.
Read the original at Defence247.gr