UK-based aerial delivery solutions provider, IrvinGQ has developed an airdrop platform that is compatible with Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS and Multiscope Rescue Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs).
Utilizing their unique, ATAX airdrop system, IrvinGQ will integrate a pair of Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS or the Multiscope Rescue UGVs that are used for defence and firefighting missions, respectively. The new airdrop system can be used to rapidly deploy the UGVs into warzones, or large-scale terrain fires.
ATAX is a Modular, Rapid-Rig/De-Rig, Aerial Delivery System that employs Soft Landing Airbags instead of traditional energy-dissipating materials (EDM). The reusable Airbags offer a number of significant advantages over traditional methods as they; reduce load preparation and rigging times by eliminating consumable rigging materials; significantly reduce the shock forces imparted into the cargo load; and facilitate a true drive-on drive-off capability.
Given the emerging nature of unmanned autonomous and remotely piloted ground vehicles and the requirement to lessen the burden to warfighters, IrvinGQ is also developing an airdrop restraint system with an auto release that enables the UGVs to self-derig and drive-off the ATAX platform unaided.
“The airdrop platform will widen the possibilities of how armed forces can deploy autonomous or remotely piloted THeMIS UGVs behind enemy lines, or as part of airborne operations combined with infantry. Firefighters could use ATAX to drop Multiscope Rescue systems to combat large-scale terrain or forest fires without endangering lives,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.
Other aerial deployment possibilities of Milrem Robotics’ UGVs include helicopter underslung or in the cargo area of a helicopter, for example, a CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift tandem rotor helicopter.