Estonia’s Milrem Robotics unveiled a variant of its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with MBDA’s Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret (IMPACT) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February.
Milrem Robotics’ IMPACT-equipped THeMIS UGV made its public debut at the IDEX 2019 exhibition in Abu Dhabi. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)
The IMPACT system is a 250 kg motorised turret that was originally designed for use on tactical and light armoured vehicles, incorporating the day/night-capable sensors of the MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée) anti-tank guided missile as well as two ready-to-fire missiles and a FN 7.62 mm machine gun.
According to Milrem Robotics, the THeMIS UGV is tele-operated and can be used against a range of battlefield targets. The vehicle is fitted with high-resolution day and night optronics for long-range identification and target engagement, and has a low thermal and noise signature profile to reduce its detectability.
“This combination of two of the most modern technologies in their field is a very good example of how robotic warfare systems will bring disruption to the battlefield and make some traditional technologies obsolete,” Kuldar Väärsi, Milrem Robotics CEO, said in a statement, noting that the joint development will improve the ability of dismounted troops to address land-based threats including main battle tanks (MBTs).
The tracked UGV is powered by a diesel-electric hybrid powerplant and can reach a stated maximum speed of 20 km/h.
at IDEX 2019, Väärsi noted that Milrem Robotics will continue to perform joint testing of the IMPACT-equipped TheMIS with MBDA, with the eventual aim of conducting a live-firing trial. He declined to provide specific dates.