FEINDEF 2019: Escribano Mechanical and Engineering displays Guardian 2.0 RCWS on MILREM THeMIS UGV
Among its numerous products displayed at FEINDEF 2019, the Spanish company EM&E draws the attention with a remotely controlled weapon station mounted on the currently most successful UGV, the tracked THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) of the Estonian company MILREM Robotics.
MILREM THeMIS UGV equipped with EM&E's remotely controlled weapon station Guardian 2.0. The "Fuerza 35" panel on the UGV indicates that it is currently being tested by the Spanish army in the framework of its deep reorganization into 10 brigades to be equipped with new material by the year 2035. The "Fuerza 35" is the army unit in charge of testing all the material submitted by manufacturers interested in selling to the army (Picture source: Army Recognition)
This combination of an armed THeMIS enables autonomous patrolling capabilities even on demanding off-road itineraries, the low-noise signature and even silent mode option make this armed UGV particularly well adapted to many kinds of mission, as rapid (re)configuration for various payloads and day & night sensors open a wide array of possibilities.
The MILREM TheMIS can reach 20 km/h (12.4 mph) and climb 60%/31° grade slopes. It can pull a 1,100 kg (2,450 lbs) load. Depending on the terrain, the diesel engine and electric generator enable an 8 to 10-hour autonomy, but 30 minutes to 1.5 hours on battery alone. An optional additional battery pack can extend autonomy.
EM&E’s Guardian 2.0 RCWS is gyrostabilized for enhanced firing accuracy. The armored protection is level II. The target identification works up to 3 km.