Estonian company Milrem Robotics is revolutionizing the field of unmanned ground vehicles with its latest offering—a cutting-edge tactical ground drone system designed to meet the needs of international military customers. The state-of-the-art solution combines Milrem’s renowned THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle with the highly advanced HITROLE lightweight common remote-operated weapon station, developed by Italian defense firm Leonardo.
The THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle is widely recognized for its exceptional capabilities in providing direct fire support. Often deployed as a force multiplier for unmounted troops, the THeMIS can significantly enhance the effectiveness of military operations. On the other hand, the HITROLE turret, equipped with a range of powerful weaponry, offers unparalleled versatility and firepower. With the ability to house a 12.7 or 7.62-millimeter machine gun and a 40-millimeter automatic grenade launcher, it provides an arsenal of options for engaging adversaries.
What truly sets this system apart is its integration of artificial intelligence-based functions. The HITROLE turret utilizes advanced AI algorithms for threat identification, prioritization, and tracking, ensuring precise and effective operation. This groundbreaking feature enables the drone system to undertake various missions, including surveillance, counter-sniper operations, patrolling, and border security.
Milrem Robotics CEO, Kuldar Väärsi, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration with Leonardo, stating that it represents a significant milestone in the robotics industry. Väärsi added that the combined capabilities of THeMIS and HITROLE create a highly capable robotic combat system that will enhance warfighting capabilities and improve troop safety for the Italian Army and international customers.
With recent successful projects, such as the partnership with Michigan-based robotics partner Loc Performance and the expansion into the Latin American market, Milrem Robotics continues to push boundaries and explore new possibilities in the field of unmanned ground vehicles. By participating in EU programs and collaborating with industry leaders, Milrem Robotics remains at the forefront of innovation, laying the foundation for a future that integrates manned and unmanned teaming methods across a wide range of missions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of the new tactical ground drone system?
The new tactical ground drone system developed by Milrem Robotics aims to provide advanced capabilities to international military customers, offering direct fire support, surveillance, counter-sniper operations, patrolling, and border security missions.
What are the key features of the system?
The system combines Milrem’s THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle with Leonardo’s HITROLE lightweight common remote-operated weapon station. It is equipped with artificial intelligence-based functions for threat identification, prioritization, and tracking.
How will the system enhance military operations?
By integrating advanced robotics and AI technologies, the system significantly enhances warfighting capabilities and troop safety, providing a highly capable robotic combat system for the Italian Army and customers worldwide.
What recent projects has Milrem Robotics been involved in?
Milrem Robotics partnered with Michigan-based Loc Performance to propose a light-class robotic combat vehicle for the US Army. The company also introduced its combat and firefighting ground drones to the Latin American market and participated in an EU program to test ground drones for manned and unmanned teaming methods.