The British Army has successfully tested unmanned ground vehicles supplied by Milrem Robotics as part of two programs, the Autonomous Last Mile Resupply and the Army Warfighting Experiment.
Milrem Robotics’ UGV was selected as one of the winners in the Autonomous Last Mile Resupply competition as part of a team lead by QinetiQ. The aim of the program is to develop autonomous systems that distribute humanitarian relief to disaster areas and deliver combat supplies from the forward-most location (such as a physical base or a logistics/infantry vehicle) to personnel engaged in combat operations.
"Being selected to two separate UK Army programs demonstrates once again that Milrem’s THeMIS unique modular design is much appreciated and provides many advantages to the end user. The THeMIS is the most mature UGV in its size class on the European market and an excellent product for different upcoming programs," said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.
The UGV participating at the Last Mile Resupply is the TITAN, which is a joint product developed together with QinetiQ. It features the THeMIS UGV and a control system developed by QinetiQ.
“QinetiQ is delighted that the TITAN robot – collaboratively developed with Milrem Robotics – is part of our offer for Phase 2 of Autonomous Last Mile Resupply. The proven mobility and payload of the TITAN vehicle make it the ideal recipient vehicle for advanced autonomous driving software that will enable our system to conduct resupply in the most challenging environments,” said Keith Mallon, autonomy campaign manager at QinetiQ.
The aim of the Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) is to identify how the Army can exploit developments in robotics and autonomous systems technology through focused analysis, capability integration and experimentation.
Milrem Robotics will participate in the experiment with a remote UAV carrier together with UAS developer Threod Systems. This solution features the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle from Milrem and the multirotor drone KX-4 LE Titan.
The system can be used for surveillance and as a communication relay since the UAC is able to ascend up to 80 metres. The drone is powered by the hybrid UGV an able to stay up much longer than untethered systems.
In addition, two Milrem Robotics' UGVs will participate at AWE as part of QinetiQ. One of the UGVs will be equipped with a remote weapon system and be used for assault while the other is equipped with a surveillance mast with land radar and thermal and night vision cameras.
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The THeMIS Transport is intended to support dismounted troops by carrying everything a soldier would normally carry, thus letting the fighter concentrate on the mission at hand. It can be outfitted with various types of tie downs and restraints to prevent load shift.