Milrem Robotics will deliver THeMIS UGVs to the UK
In the framework of what Army Recognition published on 17th March, Milrem Robotics will deliver two unmanned ground vehicles to the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) of the United Kingdom.
Milrem THeMIS displayed in Madrid during FEINDEF 2019. Fuerza 35 is the unit that evaluates all the devices proposed by the private sector to the Spanish armed forces (Picture source: Army Recognition )
DSTL whose purpose is to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK, is procuring unmanned vehicles to explore the capabilities and limitations of these autonomous systems in areas such as mobility, vulnerabilities and safety. Milrem Robotics will supply the vehicles to DSTL in partnership with leading defence technology company, QinetiQ, who will integrate autonomous functions to the vehicles and arrange transfer to the end-user.
In cooperation with QinetiQ, Milrem Robotics is participating in two UK large-scale robotics programs - JTARR (Joint Tactical Autonomous Resupply and Replenishment) and RPV (Robotic Platoon Vehicle). "The United Kingdom has a clear view on the importance of robotics on the battlefield and its impact on defence capabilities. This is illustrated by the two large-scale robotics programs in which Milrem Robotics is currently participating in the UK," said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.
DSTL follows similar organizations in the Netherlands, Norway and Germany who have also opted for the THeMIS platform. For example, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support has acquired one platform for similar testing and evaluation by the German armed forces.
In addition, the THeMIS UGV has been delivered to France, U.S. and Indonesia in logistics configuration intended to provide combat support and carry supplies with an option to integrate additional kinetic or non-kinetic payloads.