Milrem Robotics introduced its mission proven, fifth-generation THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Singapore Airshow 2020.
The UGV is designed to assist soldiers on the battlefield while enhancing their combat effectiveness.
Deployed in Mali, Africa during the French lead anti-insurgent operation Barkhane since early 2019, the fifth-generation THeMIS 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, U.S. 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 pleased to be back in Singapore, where just a few years ago we tested the prototype of our unmanned vehicle for durability in local conditions. Today we are presenting a mature and robust product that, as our clients have already determined, will greatly enhance warfighting capabilities,” stated Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.
The THeMIS UGV is in serial production and has already been delivered to Indonesia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, France, the US and the UK in logistics configuration intended 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. With the possibility to mount various payloads the UGV acts as a force multiplier.
“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 stated. Live firing tests have been conducted with five different weapon systems, including the JAVELIN anti-tank missile system.
The fifth-generation THeMIS incorporates NATO STANAG standards in the vehicle’s architecture, safety, air transportability, power offload and other aspects.
In addition, 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.