Milrem Robotics and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace have partnered to design and build a new robotic combat vehicle (RCV), named ‘Nordic Robotic Wingman’.

According to the companies, the Nordic Robotic Wingman will be based on Milrem’s Type-X RCV and Kongsberg’s Protector remote turrets (RT series) to meet the requirements of several end-users.

The first Nordic Robotic Wingman concept will be exhibited at defence and security trade exhibition Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 in London, UK.

Milrem Robotics Sweden managing director Sverker Svärdby said: “Milrem Robotics and Kongsberg have agreed to jointly continue the development of the Type-X RCV by integrating Kongsberg’s systems to address the requirements of many countries interested in this type of technology, especially the Nordics and western Europe, but also the US.

“Combining our knowledge of robotic combat vehicles and Kongsberg’s wide range of systems and extensive expertise in defence systems development, we are capable of providing world-class systems based on customer needs.”

Milrem claims that its Type-X provides equal firepower and tactical usage to a unit fitted with infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

A cannon up to 50mm, anti-tank missiles and a tethered drone can be fitted on board the Type-X RCV for continuous situational awareness.

Recently, Milrem Robotics, alongside Pearson Engineering, announced to jointly demonstrate the Type-X RCV with a self-protection roller at DSEI.

The uncrewed Type-X RCV features follow-me, waypoint navigation and obstacle detection functions, with artificial intelligence being part of the algorithms.

Milrem Robotics is also presenting an Indirect Drive feature for remote-controlled operations at high speeds.

Kongsberg marketing and sales vice-president Arne Gjennestad said: “Kongsberg has a family of unmanned Protector remote weapon systems, ranging from the smallest RS2 remote weapon station to the true infantry fighting vehicle turret RT60 with anti-tank guided missile capability.

“The systems have a common software baseline, are easy to integrate and provide proven capabilities for the warfighter.

“Kongsberg’s solution provides the operator with situational awareness and a safe and secure network-based fire control that is fielded with the Norwegian Army and in delivery to the US Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle programme.”

In December last year, Kongsberg signed an Nkr1.03bn ($118m) contract to deliver Protector RS4 Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) for the British Army Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme.