Load Carrier, CASEVAC and Fire Support Capabilities
Milrem Robotics is showcasing its THeMIS Combat Support UGV at SOFINS this week, with partners Glenair and FN Herstal.
THeMIS Combat Support is UGV that can be easily integrated with multiple third-party technologies, one being the deFNder Light RWS from FN Herstal, integrating any of the company’s machineguns up to 7.62mm calibre and offering extreme elevation and depression angles of operation.
THeMIS Combat Support was designed to support armed forces – particularly special forces and special intervention police units – in high threat, riot control and counter-terrorist urban environments. This vehicle includes a stretcher for CASEVAC and enough room to store a squad’s existing or additional equipment and weapons.
The company’s R&D Director, a former member of the Estonian Defence Forces, Jüri Pajuste, explained that THeMIS could have been used in Afghanistan. “Because Afghanistan’s battlefield was very canalised, and we could not take our armour with us, everything a soldier could carry was what we went to battle with. Such a vehicle, even without a weapon system, would add a lot of operating distance, operating time and firepower.”
THeMIS Combat Support can be easily integrated into a Battle Management System, together with other aerial and ground unmanned and manned platforms, to provide commanders with a simple operational interface, enhanced situational awareness and both direct and indirect fire support – capabilities that will be demonstrated at SOFINS.
The system has proven itself in Mali during French-led counter-terrorism operations, where it was deployed for 12 months, during which it covered 1,200km in one of the world’s harshest terrains, with temperatures climbing to 50°C – in the shade! The UGV was operational for over 330 hours.
For a brief video of a THeMIS live fire exercise, click here: