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An autonomous unmanned ground vehicle has been demonstrated to the Italian Army. Milrem Robotics demonstrated its autonomous THeMIS UGV enhanced with the company’s Intelligent Functions Integration Kit (MIFIK) during the robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) capability spotlight.
Operationally proven during several exercises, experiments, etc. – the THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) is a multi-role unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) intended to reduce the number of troops on the battlefield.
THeMIS’ open architecture enables it to be rapidly configured from having a transport function to being weaponized, performing ordnance disposal, or supporting intelligence operations according to the nature of the mission.
Along with the live demonstration, the company also launched its Intelligent Systems Implementation Analysis and Assessment (IS-IA²) program, which is designed to help armed forces implement intelligent systems into their capabilities.
IS-IA² includes three steps: analyzing the requirements of the armed forces, implementing the tailor-made RAS solution with the integration of provided and/or customized technologies for the armed forces by the local industry, and evaluating the outcome.
“IS-IA² provides armed forces support from initial planning to full implementation and post implementation analyses of intelligent and robotic systems with (NATO standard) concept development and experimentation methodologies. This enables customers to get support and solutions for any step in the process,” according to the company.
Four THeMIS UGVs were recently delivered to the Royal Netherlands army, which increased its fleet to six units. The system has been delivered to nine countries, seven of which are NATO members, including France, Norway, the UK, and US, as reported by vision-systems.com.