The European leading robotics and autonomous systems developer Milrem Robotics and the leading firearms manufacturer FN Herstal demonstrate the THeMIS Combat unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with the defender Medium Remote Weapon Station (RWS) and intelligent functions at Eurosatory 2022.
The THeMIS Combat UGV provides direct fire support for manoeuvre forces and acts as a force multiplier. With the deFNder Medium remote weapon station, it offers high precision over wide areas, day and night and increases stand-off distance, force protection and survivability for dismounted soldiers.
The THeMIS UGV is equipped with Milrem’s Intelligent Functions Kit (MIFIK) that allows autonomous mobility such as follow me, return home, point-to-point navigation and obstacle detection and avoidance. Autonomous functions are strictly limited to mobility only. The weapon system is controlled only by a human operator.
“Being part of many combat UGV assessment programs around the globe we have seen that these systems considerably increase the capability of units, especially small units,” said Defence Research and Development Director at Milrem Robotics, Cpt (res) Jüri Pajuste. “Their benefit comes from higher firepower and mobility and most of all through changing tactics. UGV’s are not just technology gadgets, but useful tools to win conflicts,” Pajuste added.
“We are proud to demonstrate the capabilities of our deFNder Medium on Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS this year again,” said VP Systems for FN Herstal, Igor Klapka. “The number of applications addressed to with our RWS is growing to successfully include unmanned ground or aerial vehicles, and radio-frequency control, whilst the armament remains operated by the human operator. The deFNder Medium is a stabilized RWS capable of automatically tracking and classifying potential targets, in particular, to overcome the latency constraint of any wireless communication of UGVs.”