The Robot and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Unit of the 13th Light Brigade of
the Royal Netherlands Army received two THeMIS unmanned ground vehicles
developed by Milrem Robotics in April for their Concept Development and
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The THeMIS’ capabilities were put to the test right after delivery in the tough Scottish landscape during a military exercise. (Photo: Business Wire)
Milrem Robotics delivered the two UGVs in the middle of April for the
Army’s project that looks into how to exploit the possibilities new
unmanned platforms provide for increasing combat power and decreasing
risk to soldiers.
The THeMIS UGVs were delivered in transport configuration together with
initial spare parts and accessories. The company will also provide
operator and maintenance training, tactical deployment know-how and life
cycle support and upgrades during a two-year period.
“We are extremely proud to have the THeMIS in operation with the Royal
Netherlands Army,” Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics stated.
“Rigorous tests and combat exercises held in Europe, US and the
Middle-East have proven that the THeMIS is an effective tool for
dismounted troops and we have no doubt the Dutch Army will be more than
satisfied,” he added.
“The THeMIS UGVs were chosen for their superior terrain skills – this
1,5-ton robot can effortlessly negotiate 30 degree slopes while carrying
a payload of at least 750 kg with ease,” said Lieutenant Colonel
Jules den Ouden, commander of the RAS unit.
The THeMIS’ capabilities were put to the test right after delivery in
the tough Scottish landscape during an exercise where the RAS used
unmanned ground vehicles for the first time.
“The THeMIS played a major role in the supply chain. Why would we need
to go get ammo and set ourselves up as targets when the THeMIS can bring
it to us?” the commander asked.
The THeMIS has been previously deployed in several military exercises
for example Last Mile and Army Warfighting Experiment 2018 in the UK.
One THeMIS UGV was recently deployed in Mali together with soldiers from
the Estonian Defence Forces.
About Milrem Robotics
Milrem Robotics is an Estonian defence industry company with the primary
focus of manufacturing unmanned ground vehicles, developing robotic
warfare solutions and performing concept of operations and doctrine
level warfare analysis.