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    Published: Sunday, 26 March 2017 10:57

    MILREM Estonia will develop unmanned ground vehicle with Kongsberg & QinetiQ North America.

    Estonian defense solutions provider Milrem is developing smart unmanned ground vehicles with concepts of how to use them on the modern battlefield as adaptive systems to minimize dangerous risks to warfighters. Milrem will launch joint product efforts with KONGSBERG and QinetiQ North America last week.

    The hybrid UGV has been developed by Estonian defence solutions provider Milrem, a company specialising in military engineering, repair and maintenance.

    Milrem has developed the first fully modular unmanned ground vehicle with a hybrid diesel-electric drive, the THeMIS. This open architecture system may be configured mission-specific as required to be used in various combat roles.

    With a 1:1 high payload of 750 kg / 1650 lbs., THeMIS may also be equipped with a remote weapon station with embedded target detection and acquisition systems to provide fire support.

    A remotely operated robotic fire support and force protection system has been developed with leading military innovators KONGSBERG and QinetiQ North America (QNA) and is being introduced at the Ground Robotics Capabilities Exhibition & Conference 2017 (GRCCE) this week. This joint effort features the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle, the PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station, and QNA’s UGV control systems.

    “This is a great opportunity to collaborate with such an esteemed company as KONGSBERG and continue our cooperation with QNA. Integration of this remote weapon station is another example of how easily the THeMIS can be configured for different applications. These various applications form a system of robotic warfare capabilities” explained Kuldar Vaarsi, CEO of Milrem.

    Last October the companies introduced the Titan UGV for dismounted troop support that features the THeMIS UGV with QNA's UGV control technology - the Tactical Robot Controller (TRC) and Robotic Appliqué Kit (RAK). This vehicle will also be displayed at GRCCE.

    In parallel, Milrem is developing technologies for military forces to enable how unmanned ground systems may be used in combat as an efficient and powerful manned-unmanned teaming system that reduces battlefield risks to warfighters.

    The end results of this program, known as Digital Infantry Battlefield Solution (DIBS) will result in recommendations for military doctrine in order to effectively use the capability of robotic systems.

  2. #232

    AM General and U.S. Army Partner on Autonomous Driving Vehicle for Evolving Military Installation Transport Needs

    (Source: AM General; issued March 29, 2017)

    TROY, Mich. --- AM General and the U.S. Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) announced a new partnership to develop and demonstrate an autonomous driving vehicle that may revolutionize how soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, along with equipment and supplies, are transported inside U.S. military facilities.

    Under the Applied Robotics for Installations and Base Operations initiative (ARIBO), AM General and TARDEC are currently developing an autonomous vehicle, with demonstrations expected to begin this Spring at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

    The ARIBO program allows current civilian robotics technology to be examined in vehicles in a semi-controlled environment such as military bases like West Point which have restricted roads, predefined routes and restrictive operations for favorable conditions. The program's aim is to advance the state of military robotics while simultaneously addressing U.S. military base needs by creating reliable military robotic technology and reducing operational and personnel costs.

    "The American-made AM General vehicle is ideally suited for this initiative which will demonstrate the ability to augment the Academy's existing transportation system, which consists of a 24/7 shuttle service transporting cadets and other military personnel to/or from the Academy hospital," said AM General Executive Vice President, Kevin Rahrig. "Imagine what having a fully autonomous wheelchair accessible vehicle would mean to individuals with disabilities. This partnership with the Army could be the first step in transforming transportation for millions of people."

    During testing, the autonomous program at West Point will examine:
    --Vehicle safety, performance and reliability
    --Acceptance of robotic technologies by government users and non-users
    --Time and money savings
    --Energy efficiency
    --Navigation and mapping ability

    "The West Point demonstration uses AM General's vehicle to not only demonstrate an autonomy kit, but to highlight the idea of robotics for military and civilian use," said Alex Jimenez, project leader for TARDEC's ARIBO program. "The best robotic systems in the world will not find traction until users are comfortable with the systems. West Point is a prime location to address the acceptance aspect of robotics by having future Army leaders see and experience these robotics first hand."

    Headquartered at the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., TARDEC is a major research, development and engineering center for the Army Materiel Command's Research, Development and Engineering Command and an enterprise partner in the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.

    AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide.


  3. #233

    US Army advances Robotic Wingman unmanned vehicle effort

    Geoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

    31 March 2017

    The US Army is looking at using either a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) or the M113 armoured personnel carrier, as the foundation for an unmanned vehicle effort dubbed Robotic Wingman.

    The Robotic Wingman is currently in the science and technology development phase, Major Mike Dvorak, from the army capabilities integration centre (ARCIC), said at the NDIA 2017 Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference, in Springfield, Virginia.

    "There is a Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) … we are waiting to see if it gets approved," he said.

    The goal is to create a robotic vehicle, Maj Dvorak said, with a human in the loop, the initial focus will be on mobility, he added.

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    US Army begins the hunt for a spectrum of new robotic systems

    Geoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

    31 March 2017

    The US Army is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in April or May for the Common Robotic Systems (CRS) - Individual (I).

    "The CRS-I will provide the dismounted warfighter with the capability to conduct lower level reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition; remotely perform chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detection; conduct explosive obstacle counter measure operations; and conduct explosive ordnance disposal operations from a standoff distance," the US Army's solicitation announced.

    The system is designed to be quickly reconfigured for various missions by adding/removing modules and/or payloads.
    The army is expecting to make an award in early fiscal year (FY) 2018, with Milestone C planned for 2020 and an initial operational capability in 2022.

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  5. #235

    Milipol Asia 2017: Jaeger UGV ready for sale

    05th April 2017 - 7:37

    by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

    ST Kinetics' new line of Jaeger 6 UGVs is now ready for sale, it was revealed at the Milipol Asia-Pacific 2017 show in Singapore.

    At 2.4m long, the Jaeger 6 is a smaller 6x6 variant of the Jaeger 8 seen at the Singapore Airshow in 2016. Currently on trials at a Singapore Armed Forces camp, ST Kinetics said the Jaeger 6 is more suitable for surveillance and sentry operations.

    The communication link between the operation control unit and UGV was initially via a Wi-Fi connection but, due to line-of-sight and range issues, the company has upgraded the system to an encrypted 4G mobile network.

    This gives a virtually unlimited range as long it is connected to a telecommunications network. ST Kinetics has tested two UGVs simultaneously in a single network.

    Onboard EO/IR cameras are able to auto-detect human features, and the vehicle is also equipped with loudspeakers and high-intensity xenon searchlights.

    The Jaeger 6 is 'more ready' to be sold, as the Jaeger 8 is still experimenting with more payload types. As it carries a heavier payload of up to 750kg, it is more suitable for customisation as a weaponised platform. The company had also proposed a fire-fighting variant to the local fire department.

    'It can be used frontline as a customised weapon platform, or it can be used autonomously as a convoy of these UGVs,' said Loh Wee Lee, ST Kinetics' vice president of business strategy.

    Loh also thinks regional armed forces need to establish their inherent capability and concept of operations to fully maximise these unmanned systems.

    ST Electronics has developed cybersecurity solutions for individual vehicles and platforms as an additional firewall layer, since manned and unmanned platforms are highly linked in modern armed forces.

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