Israeli loitering munition developer, UVision Air Ltd. and Estonian robotic vehicle manufacturer, Milrem Robotics have joined forces to unveil a Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)-mounted loitering munition launcher.
The joint solution, Loitering Munition Multi-Canister Launcher, can be mounted on two of Milrem Robotics’ UGVs, the THeMIS and the larger newly-developed Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV), with the launcher able to carry six loitering munitions.
The launcher can be equipped with two of UVision’s already operational Lethal Loitering Munition Systems (LMs): 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.
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 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.
The system provides small light forces with advanced ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities combined with highly accurate long-range heavy fire power that were achieved until now only with complex cooperation between several units and echelons.
“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 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”.
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. 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.”
UVision’s Hero-120 and Hero-400EC:
UVision’s modular, customizable loitering weapon systems ]can be fitted with a range of powerful multipurpose warheads and variety of payloads. These versatile, precision, multi-operational systems, with a unique aerodynamic structure, can carry out pinpoint lethal strikes against mid-range hard targets ‒ vehicles, tanks, concrete fortifications and personnel ‒ in populated urban areas or remote locations with minimal collateral damage.
The system’s extended endurance of over an hour (Hero-120), and up to 2 Hours (Hero-400EC), and their loitering range of 40km (Hero-120) and up to 150km (Hero-400), allow these systems to be independently operated by frontline forces, precisely striking time-sensitive targets from a wide variety of angles.
Featuring low acoustic and low visual and thermal signatures, and fully gimbaled, stabilized day/night tracking, both systems combine real-time intelligence with high-precision attack to allow a whole new range of operational possibilities. Advanced and versatile, these systems are highly affordable and cost-effective due to their recoverable option, using a parachute, while securing the warhead.
The Hero-120 was recently purchased by several NATO military forces. The Hero-400EC was already operationally demonstrated and is currently in evaluation stages by several key military forces.
Milrem Robotics Type-X:
Milrem Robotics’ Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) is a large UGV 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.
Milrem Robotics recently announced the integration of the Cockerill Protected Weapons Station Generation II (CPWS II) on to its Type-X robotic combat vehicle (RCV).
Milrem Robotics THeMIS:
Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS is the first hybrid fully modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) in the world and is the flagship of the company.
The vehicle is intended to provide support for dismounted troops and special forces by serving as a transport platform, remote weapon station (RWS), IED (improvised explosive device) 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 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 USA).