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Milrem and Kongsberg Developing Nordic Robotic Wingman

Marries Type-X RCV with PROTECTOR RWS

Milrem Robotics and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace are co-developing the Nordic Robotic Wingman – and armed UGV based on Milrem’s Type-X robotic combat vehicle (RCV) married to a Kongsberg PROTECTOR RWS, selected to meet specific operator requirements. The prototype was unveiled at DSEI in London earlier this month.

Milrem Robotics and Kongsberg have agreed to jointly continue the development of the Type-X RCV by integrating Kongsberg’s systems to address the requirements of many countries interested in this type of technology, especially the Nordics and Western Europe, but also the US,” commented Sverker Svärdby, Managing Director of Milrem Robotics’ Sweden. “Combining our knowledge of robotic combat vehicles and Kongsberg’s wide range of systems and extensive expertise in defence systems development, we are capable of providing world-class systems based on customer needs.”

The Type-X provides equal or overmatching firepower and tactical advantage to mechanised units, giving them the means to breach enemy defensive positions with minimal risk to own troops. It can be fitted with a cannon up to 50mm, anti-tank missiles and a tethered drone for continuous situational awareness.

Kongsberg has a family of unmanned PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Systems, ranging from the smallest RS2 Remote Weapon Station to the true Infantry Fighting Vehicle turret RT60 with Anti-Tank Guided Missile capability. The systems have a common software baseline, are easy to integrate and provide proven capabilities for the warfighter. Kongsberg’s solution provides the operator with situational awareness and a safe and secure network-based fire control that is fielded with the Norwegian Army and in delivery to the US Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle programme,” explained Arne Gjennestad, VP of Marketing & Sales, Kongsberg.

Milrem Robotics’ Type-X is equipped with intelligent functions such as follow-me, waypoint navigation and obstacle detection, with AI being part of the algorithms. With the Type-X, Milrem Robotics also introduces a feature called Indirect Drive, which allows remote-controlled operations at higher speeds.

The Type-X robotic combat vehicle. (Image: Milrem Robotics)

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