THeMIS trialled in combat support role
Huw Williams, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
30 November 2016
Direct combat support is one role envisaged for THeMIS. Source: Milrem
Milrem has undertaken a demonstration of its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) alongside Estonian Land Forces personnel, conducting operationally representative manoeuvres.
For the live fire testing a THeMIS was fitted with an Adder RWS equipped with a .50 calibre machine gun. (Milrem)
The demonstration was conducted alongside a series of trials held from 1 to 7 of November at the land forces' training facilities at Tapa - home to the 1st Infantry Brigade - which focused on live-fire testing of a THeMIS platform equipped with a remote weapon station (RWS).
An Singapore Technologies Engineering Adder RWS armed with a .50 calibre machine gun was integrated on a THeMIS vehicle. Milrem's chairman, Kuldar Väärsi, told IHS Jane's that although most of the firings were static, on-the-move engagements also took place.
ELI's Multirootor ELIX-XL provided top cover and enhanced situational awareness in the operational scenario. (Milrem)
The Estonia-based live-fire trials follow on from earlier work conducted in Singapore, and Väärsi said that at the latest event Milrem worked with representatives from the University of Tartu to examine the effect of the machine gun's recoil on the vehicle; although final reports are yet to be produced, Väärsi said that initial assessments show that the effect is much less than envisaged.
The operational scenario involved what Väärsi described as a "react to ambush followed by hasty attack" and saw two THeMIS platforms supporting dismounted infantry.
The THeMIS configured for the logistics support role was also used to exflitrate personnel. (Milrem)
One vehicle was configured as a logistics platform and the other for the combat support role - equipped with an Adder RWS - the pair was accompanied by a small rotary unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the form of ELI's Multirootor ELIX-XL, which provided top cover and enhanced situational awareness for the operation. The logistics-configured THeMIS was also used for exfiltration.
Although the land forces do not have a firm requirement for THeMIS, "This kind of capability is very interesting for [the Estonian Land Forces]," Väärsi explained, adding, "what we are considering now is that during Estonia's biggest exercise - 'Spring Storm' - which will be held in May next year, we might provide one system to the Estonian Defence Forces to assign to unit that would integrate [THeMIS] into their tactics and use it over the full exercise."
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Israel's new Segev UGVs to become 'fully autonomous'
Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
01 December 2016
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is set to upgrade the Segev unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) it currently operates on the border with the Gaza Strip with a remote weapon station and an autonomous navigation capability, the commander of the Unmanned Surface Vehicle Company has told IHS Jane's .
Introduced in mid-2015, the Segev replaced the Guardium platform. Both UGVs were made by G-NIUS, an IAI-Elbit joint venture that was discontinued earlier this year. The Segev is now maintained by Elbit Systems.
The Segev UGV replaced the Guardium in mid-2015. (Israel Defense Forces)
The Guardium was introduced in 2008 and remained in service well beyond the original few months it was intended to serve as a technology testbed.
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Milrem: Weaponized Unmanned Ground Vehicles are Aiming at the Battlefield
(Source: Milrem; issued Nov 30, 2016)
The THeMIS Adder unmanned ground vehicle during field tests. Claimed to be the first fully modular hybrid unmanned ground vehicle in the world, it combines the THeMIS vehicle and the Adder remote weapon station from ST Kinetics. (Milrem photo)
TALLINN, Estonia --- Milrem, the Estonian defence solutions provider, and ST Kinetics, one of Asia’s leading land systems companies, came one step closer to helping support or replace soldiers on the battlefield with robots in November when they successfully tested the first weaponized fully modular unmanned ground vehicle, the THeMIS ADDER.
With the aim to minimize human casualties and support existing ground troops, the two companies have been jointly developing a weaponized unmanned vehicle for some time now. During November, however, with the cooperation and supervision of the Estonian Defence Forces first live fire test of the vehicle were conducted.
“The tests were intended to test the stability of our platform and see how the remote weapon station and vehicle communicate and work with each other,” explained Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem. “To our satisfaction everything worked perfectly, you can see as much from the video,” he added.
The THeMIS ADDER was equipped with a CIS 50MG. However, the system can be outfitted with smaller and larger caliber weapons as well.
"Estonians have proved many times before that we can successfully be on the forefront of innovation and the Milrem unmanned ground vehicle is a great example of that innovation when it comes to new technologies in the military field,” said Lieutenant General Riho Terras, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces. “THeMIS ADDER has great potential to put Estonia on the map of countries that provide new technologies and solutions to the modern battlefield,” Terras added.
The THeMIS ADDER features the first fully modular hybrid unmanned ground vehicle in the world the THeMIS and the remote weapon station ADDER from ST Kinetics.
The TheMIS has a payload of 750-1000 kg, speed of 24km/h and up to 10h operation time. In addition to being a machine gun on tracks the vehicle can be used for a wide variety of applications, including remote reconnaissance platform, C-IED (Counter Improvised Explosive Device) platform, medevac vehicle and supply delivery device.
Milrem is an Estonian technology solutions provider. The company’s two main lines of business include the research and development of unmanned vehicles and life cycle management for heavy-duty military vehicles.
Ukroboronprom demos digital FCS
14th December 2016 - 9:30
by The Shephard News Team
Demonstrations have been carried out on a new digital fire control system installed on the BMP-1UMD infantry fighting vehicle. The demonstrations were conducted in the Kyiv region by Ukroboronprom’s Zhytomyr Armored Plant.
The fire control system is a robotic combat unit that automatically detects and tracks targets. The addition of the system allows the vehicle to act as a remotely controlled unit in addition to its transportation and fie support roles.
The vehicle is also equipped with a German Deutz engine, advanced combat module with cannon/missile armament and visibility-reducing complex.
Robotic combat modules are being developed for the BMP-1UMD to enable significantly reduced firing times, while allowing the operator to remain in a remote position while the fighting unit maintains round-the-clock observation missions.
Published: 31 December 2016
Russian UGVs Unmanned Ground Vehicles Soratnik and Nerehta took part in military exercises.
Russian UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) Soratnik and Nerehta took part in military exercises outside of Moscow, practicing reconnaissance and fire support for Russian army mechanized infantry unit. The drones took part for the first time in operational drills with the Central Command of the Russian Ground Forces.
The Russian Nerehta UGV is armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun
Soratnik is a UGV designed to provide reconnaissance along with an aerial drone and fire support. It features a computer control system, protected communication channel, and various sensors.Soratnik is armed with a large caliber machine gun and up to four anti-tank grenade launchers.
Nerehta is a universal tactical platform which can be equipped with various reconnaissance, battle, and transport modules. It can operate autonomously, select targets on its own, and can be commanded in manual mode from a distance of up to 5 km.
At the Russian military exercise the Nerehta UGV was armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun while the Soratnik UGV was armed with machine gun and anti-tank grenade launchers.
Russia has been actively developing new unmanned vehicles primarily for military use. The vehicles include UAVs, ground drones, and immobile combat sentries.
The Russian Soratnik UGV is armed with machine gun and anti-tank grenade launchers.
QinetiQ North America Partners with Persistent Systems to Integrate MPU5 Radios into Family of Unmanned Ground Robots
(Source: QinetiQ North America; issued Jan 10, 2017)
WALTHAM, Mass. --- QinetiQ North America (QNA) and Persistent Systems, LLC (Persistent), the leader in Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) Technology and developers of the Wave Relay system, today announced a long-term agreement to offer for integration Persistent's MANET radio products into QNA's TALON and Dragon Runner ground robots.
The MANET relay radio can connect QNA's ground robot family with a reliable, high throughput, and long range MANET communication system that is self-forming, self-healing, and scalable.
QNA tactical robots equipped with Wave Relay provide:
-- Increased operational range and throughput in urban and subterranean environments
-- Multiple Real-time HD video feeds to the operator from all robots within the MANET
-- The ability for a tactical team wearing MPU5 radio systems to receive video and sensor data from the UGV in real time, increasing situational awareness and operational effectiveness.
"QinetiQ North America has a long history of delivering the most cutting edge systems, sensors, and capabilities on our family of ground robots. Persistent's MANET relay radio products can significantly increase the communication range enabling the robot operator to perform dangerous missions at much greater distances. At the end of the day, everything we do is about keeping our soldiers safe," said Jeff Yorsz , President of QinetiQ North America.
Dr. Herbert Rubens , CEO of Persistent Systems, offered a similar perspective. "Our agreement with QinetiQ North America brings us closer to achieving our vision of a fully networked battlefield. The Wave Relay® MANET also lays the groundwork for autonomous and collaborative behaviors that will dominate the battlefield of the future. We are excited to work with QNA to deliver the most cutting edge technology to the warfighter."
QNA has begun accepting orders for MPU5-equipped Talon V systems.
QinetiQ North America (QNA) is a subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc, QNA delivers world-class technology and revolutionary products to defense, security and commercial markets worldwide. The Company's product offerings include survivability, unmanned systems, power sensors, control systems and transportation solutions. Customers rely on our products to increase readiness, improve mission effectiveness, streamline operations, increase situational awareness and enhance security. QNA is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts
Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems, LLC is a global communications technology company which develops, manufactures, and integrates a patented and secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay. Wave Relay is capable of running data, video, voice and other applications under the most difficult and unpredictable conditions.
QinetiQ UGVs to get Persistent radios
12th January 2017 - 12:30
by The Shephard News Team
QinetiQ North America will integrate Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) radio products into its Talon and Dragon Runner unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), the company announced on 10 January.
The MANET radios will connect QinetiQ's UGV family with a reliable, high throughput and long range communication system that is self-forming, self-healing, and scalable.
Wave Relay will give the UGVs increased operational range and throughput in urban and subterranean environments, and give the capacity for multiple real-time HD video feeds to be delivered to the operator from all robots within the network. It will also add the ability for a tactical team wearing MPU5 radio systems to receive video and sensor data from the UGV in real time, increasing situational awareness and operational effectiveness.*
Jeff Yorsz, president of QinetiQ North America, said: ‘Persistent's MANET relay radio products can significantly increase the communication range enabling the robot operator to perform dangerous missions at much greater distances.’