DSEI 2015

UGV for multiple missions [DSEI15, D1]

15 September 2015

Estonian defence company Milrem (Stand N3-362) is presenting the prototype of its hybrid unmanned multimission tracked vehicle, which it says is the first of its kind in the world.

Developed to assist or take the place of humans in life-threatening situations, such as war, crisis situations, high-risk working environments, as well as in places that are difficult to access, its innovation lies in its track system, whose necessary components are all housed internally, leaving the centre platform free for different applications. It will be made available for remote or autonomous operation.

Weighing only 750kg with a payload of 500kg, the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) can be used as a remote weapon station, remote observation and sensor vehicle, medical evacuation platform, while being able to traverse all terrain, from snow and ice to swamps.

"Most of the unmanned systems created so far are designed to fulfil a single specific task, such as bomb disposal. Milrem's UGV concept is universal and will effectively supplement defence capabilities on a battalion level," said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem. "Unmanned ground vehicles will be a big part of the modernisation of military capabilities in the next five to 10 years," he added.

The UGV has been developed in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry Of Defence and the Estonian Defence Forces.

Milrem is also collaborating with universities and companies from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, including Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tartu, Estonian National Defence College and the Lithuanian Center for Physical Sciences and Technology.

Milrem is a member of the Estonian Defence Industry Association.

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