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Defexpo 2022: Bharat Forge showcases THeMIS and ECARS UGVs

Bharat Forge Limited has showcased the THeMIS UGV at Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal )

Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) has showcased the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.

According to BFL, the company, in partnership with Estonia-based Milrem Robotics, has developed a tracked version of the THeMIS UGV for the Indian Army.

Milrem THeMIS is a multirole, modular UGV with an open architecture that enables it to be rapidly configured from transport to ‘strike' (weaponised), ordnance disposal, or to support intelligence operations according to the nature of the mission.

The advantage of the THeMIS UGV is that it enables operations in situations that may be impossible, difficult, or dangerous for the soldier or operator, BFL said.

BFL added that the UGVs can provide the commander with valuable means to improve mission performance and ensure the probability of success, increasing force protection and survivability, while reducing logistical support and manning requirements.

The weight of the THeMIS UGV is 1,630 kg and the maximum payload is 1,200 kg. The pulling force of THeMIS is 21,000 N.

The maximum speed of the vehicle is 20 km/h. The maximum gradient is 31º and the maximum side slope is 17º.

The multiterrain hybrid diesel-electric drive THeMIS has a ground clearance of 200 mm.

Akshay Deewan, manager of BFL, told Janes that THeMIS can be used as a support vehicle to airlift, supply and resupply, and for casualty evacuation.

“THeMIS can be used to breach and bypass obstacles, for IED [improvised explosive device] mine detection and clearance, as a force multiplier, and for anti-tank operations. The vehicle can also be used as an observer,” Deewan added.

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