Successful Arctic trial for iMUGS Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System UGV in Finland
After the selection of candidates, the European Defense Agency (EDA) formally chose the iMUGS program consortium for the development of an autonomous ground robot. As a reminder, this project brings together fourteen manufacturers specializing in robotics, communications and cyber-security: Milrem Robotics, Nexter Systems, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Safran Electronics & Defense, Diehl Defence, GT Cyber Technologies, Bittium Wireless, Insta DefSec, (Un)Manned, dotOcean, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, GMV Aerospace and Defence, the Estonian Military School and the Royal Belgian Military Academy.
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The next CUGS (combat unmanned ground system) program in particular, for which offers are being made, will lay the technological foundations for an armed ground platform, preparing the ground for the robotic platforms of the MGCS (main ground combat system) program. (Picture source: Nexter)
Nexter is working on two of the main technological bricks of the future system. On the one hand, with KMW, its partner in KNDS, Nexter provides the concepts of operational jobs (CONOPS) allowing the platforms to move and act according to established scenarios. On the other hand, alongside Safran Electronics and Defense, Nexter is responsible for automating the mobility of the system.
Moreover, a dedicated team, made up of Nexter and Safran personnel, will be based at VEDECOM within the Versailles Satory innovative mobility cluster. In total, the iMUGS program represents twelve full-time equivalents (FTEs) for Nexter.
With this first European program funded by the European Commission, Nexter is preparing for the future. In the coming years, new consultations in the field of land military robotics will make it possible to develop the achievements and enhance the group's expertise. The next CUGS (combat unmanned ground system) program in particular, for which offers are being made, will lay the technological foundations for an armed ground platform, preparing the ground for the robotic platforms of the MGCS (main ground combat system) program.
On next June 2, the project's swarming capabilities will be tested in Belgium with up to 10 deployed UGVs.