Estonian robotics and autonomous systems developer manufacturer Milrem Robotics has demonstrated its autonomous unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to the Italian Army and launched a new programme to assess and analyse the implementation of intelligent systems into the army’s doctrine.
The TheMIS UGV features autonomous functions such as waypoint navigation and ‘follow me’, which were illustrated in a robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) capability spotlight last week.
Jüri Pajuste, defence research and development director of Milrem Robotics, said: “With years of experience in RAS experimentations and related system integration, Milrem Robotics is in a great position to be a technology partner and kick-start an innovative robotics and autonomous systems evaluation programme to create or enhance new military capabilities.”
As well as the live demonstration, Milrem Robotics also introduced its Intelligent Systems Implementation Analysis and Assessment (IS-IA²) programme, which is designed to help armed forces implement intelligent systems.
IS-IA² studies armed forces’ requirements and develops tailored RAS solutions with the integration of customised technologies before evaluating the outcome.
Pajuste added: “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.”
Earlier this year, Milrem Robotics delivered two TheMIS UGVs to the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Other NATO members including France, Norway and the USA have also received orders from the company.