Military Embedded Systems

THeMIS UGVs undergo manned-unmanned teaming exercise


May 20, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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ESTONIA. The Estonian Defense Forces Artillery Battalion used Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) in a live-fire exercise to provide advanced situational awareness, conduct casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), and support unit maneuvers while providing direct fire support from various positions.

During the exercise, two THeMIS UGVs were used by the Artillery Battalion: the THeMIS Combat Support integrated with FN Herstal’s deFNder Light Remote Weapon System (RWS) with a 7.62 mm machine gun and the THeMIS Observe with Acecore’s tethered drone.

According to officials, the THeMIS Combat was tasked with supporting an advance force that consisted of an anti-tank weapons team and a forward observer’s team. The main task of the UGV was to provide covering fire and support the retreat of the two teams to main positions as well as transporting their anti-tank weapons. At the main battle position, the UGV was used for casualty evacuation.

Officials also claim that the THeMIS Observe provided overwatch and enhanced the battalion’s situational awareness. The use of a tethered attachment to the THeMIS UGV provided tactical units with 24 hours of constant observation of the operational area.

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