FN Herstal & Milrem introduce weaponised unmanned warfare system

FN Herstal and Milrem Robotics have jointly introduced a weaponised unmanned warfare system at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) this year held in London, UK.

Designed to provide fire support, the system is equipped with the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) by Milrem and the deFNder remote weapon station by FN Herstal.

The system, which acts as a force multiplier for warfighters, has already been deployed at the largest Estonian military exercise: Spring Storm 2017.

FN Herstal COO Vincent Verleye said: “The combined solution of deFNder Medium and THeMIS, merging the technologies and expertise of our two companies, illustrates the potential of the concept.”

“The value added of such a weaponised robotic system is self-explanatory.”

The tracked diesel-electric THeMIS UGV has been designed to provide support for dismounted troops on harsh terrains and in difficult conditions.

This multi-mission system can carry a payload of at least 750kg /1,650lb and can be equipped with several different superstructures, including IED detection and disposal systems, small and large calibre weapons, and tethered and non-tethered drones.

Milrem Robotics CEO Kuldar Väärsi said: “Weaponised robotic systems are the next-generation of warfare that will provide a new level of fire power and most importantly keep our soldiers in a safe distance. And I am not talking about AI driven systems but remotely controlled solutions where human operators make all the important decisions.”

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