MBDA and Milrem Robotics to debut anti-tank UGV

19 February 2019 (Last Updated February 19th, 2019 11:38)

MBDA and Milrem Robotics have announced the debut of their unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is designed for anti-tank purposes.

MBDA and Milrem Robotics to debut anti-tank UGV
MBDA’s integrated MMP precision attack combat turret (IMPACT) system integrated onto Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS UGV. Credit: © MBDA.

MBDA and Milrem Robotics have announced the debut of their unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is designed for anti-tank purposes.

Claimed to be the world’s first anti-tank UGV, the system has been developed under a joint project between the companies in June.

Both companies also carried out feasibility studies of the remotely operated system, which will be showcased at IDEX 2019.

The land combat warfare system features MBDA’s integrated MMP precision attack combat turret (IMPACT) system integrated onto Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS UGV.

MBDA IMPACT is fitted with two MMP fifth-generation battlefield engagement missiles and a self-defence machine gun.

Milrem Robotics CEO Kuldar Väärsi said: “This combination of two of the most modern technologies in their field is a very good example how robotic warfare systems will bring disruption to the battlefield and make some traditional technologies obsolete.”

“The deployment of an air defence system as close as possible to ground units is once again becoming a necessity, and a key survivability factor for ground forces.”

Väärsi added: “Our unmanned land combat system under study together with MBDA will be very efficient in keeping our troops safe and significantly increasing the capability to fight main battle tanks, as well as any other ground target.”

The anti-tank UGV has a low heat and noise signature and is intended to replace soldiers on the battlefield.

In a separate development, MBDA is presenting a fully integrated air defence capability for use on the light armoured vehicles.

The integrated air defence capability includes an Atlas-RC/LIC²ORNE combination along with the Mistral missile.

MBDA Land Systems military advisor Francis Bordachar said: “Drawing on the lessons of recent conflicts in Europe or the Middle East, the Atlas-RC/LIC²ORNE combination is designed to provide a real air defence and engagement capability in the lower layer while ensuring very high mobility to accompany and protect mobile detachments and front line units.

“The deployment of an air defence system as close as possible to ground units is once again becoming a necessity, and a key survivability factor for ground forces.”