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Milrem combat robot brings modular versatility to the battlefield

by • February 16, 2016 • No Comments

The modern battlefield requires soldiers who are able-bodied to adapt rapidly to any undertaking and as robots join them, they’ll have to do the same. At the Singapore Airshow 2016 this week, Estonian defense company Milrem took the wraps off its robotic Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) – a small in size battlewagon billed as the “first-of-its-kind modular hybrid Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)” that acts as a multi-undertaking vehicle platform to sustain or replace soldiers on the battlefield.

According to Milrem, the key to THeMIS is its modular turn it into. In other words, it is a bit like one of those toy assembling kits where you swap out various types of bits and pieces to turn it into various machines. In the case of THeMIS, the basic process consists of a pair of tracked pods separated by a central platform.

Each pod has independent electronics as well as power packs that are either electric or diesel driven. When they’re assembled they form a two-track remote regulated or autonomous robot measuring 2.5 x 2 x 0.6 m (8.2 x 6.5 x 2 ft) and weighing in at 700 kg (1,543 lb) with the capability of carrying the same in payload. Top speed is 50 km/h (31 mph) and the THeMIS can run for 8 hours on a full battery charge and fuel tank.

Milrem says that this modular approach reduces costs, allows for new versions of the UGV to be created rapidly and simplifies maintenance. In addition. the platform allows for the vehicle to carry a number of modules for various undertakings, such as communications relay, medevac, training, mine clearance, donate transport, weapons platform for infantry and anti-tank operations, lifting, UAV base, or firefighting.

One example of these modular robots is a THeMIS that’s on display at the Singapore Airshow. Called the THeMIS ADDER, it was created jointly with Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics) and comes with an ST Kinetics RWS ADDER remote weapon station, that showcases a robotic machine gun.

“Unmanned processs can play a worthwhile role in the development of military capabilities in future,” says Kuldar Vaarsi, CEO of Milrem. “Within the following ten years, we can see smart ground processs complementing the human troops during joint undertakings. We are excited to be in cooperation with ST Kinetics for THeMIS ADDER, and we’re certain that this universal UGV concept can effectively supplement defense capabilities on a battalion level.”

Milrem says that it has accomplished first running tests of the THeMIS prototype and THeMIS can go into production in 2017.

The video at a lower place shows the THeMIS demonstrating its moves.

Source: Milrem