Highly Mobile Solution Marries UGV with Sensors and Effectors
At DSEI last month, Milrem Robotics and MSI-Defence Systems displayed a highly mobile, unmanned kinetic counter-UAS capability based on the Estonian company’s THeMIS UGV.
Integrating MSI’s electro-optical sensors and RWS with THeMIS, the companies are offering what they call a “step change in countering mini-UAV, loitering munitions or other small, difficult-to-detect airborne targets.” The system will be capable of mounting weapons from 7.72-30mm calibre – including Northrop Grumman’s M230 cannon – and Thales LMM missiles. It will also be able to find and engage larger air threats as well as ground targets, even if armoured.
“MSI-DSL and Milrem are committed to providing cutting-edge capabilities to the operator, providing a highly deployable system with unique lethality and survivability. The autonomous nature of the system enables the operator to ‘sense, identify, decide and effect’ over a wide area, without placing the operator in areas of undue risk,” explained Russell Gregory, Head of Strategy, Industrial Relations and Market Development at MSI-DSL.
“In recent conflicts there has been an increase in the usage of drones and loitering munitions against various military targets. The employment of this type of equipment has made low-level conflicts more lethal. Utilising unmanned ground systems with intelligent functions to counter these new threats helps increase force protection, provide flexibility to tactical units to engage aerial and/or land targets, and ultimately reduce loss of life,” added Jüri Pajuste, Defence Research and Development Director at Milrem Robotics.