European developer Milrem Robotics-led integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS) consortium has showcased the capabilities of manned and unmanned teaming.

The €32.6m iMUGS project seeks to build the European standard unmanned ground system (UGS). it involves the development of a modular, cyber secure and scalable architecture for hybrid manned-unmanned systems.

It is being carried out in phases and leverages Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS UGV and certain payloads.

Milrem Robotics CEO Kuldar Väärsi said: “The main objective of the iMUGS project is to integrate robotic systems with existing manned technology into European defence forces adding a new capability that will overmatch our adversaries’ abilities.”

The project’s first phase involved two scenarios to demonstrate the use of common armoured personnel carriers (APC) and teaming of unmanned aerial systems for the deployment of the THeMIS.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) supplied the Boxer APC, Acecore Technologies provided a tethered drone and a multirotor drone by Atlas Dynamics was also used.

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The Estonian Defence Forces supported the demonstration.

The integration and operation of THeMIS with Acecore’s tethered drone to track and engage a target were shown in the first scenario.

The second scenario involved recovering both the casualties and the vehicle that crashed. THeMIS UGV and Boxer completed the mission under the overwatch of Atlas’ drone.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann iMUGS project manager Thomas Reining said: “The demonstration confirmed that we have the interaction between manned and unmanned systems, as well as the interaction of hardware and software, under control.”

Estonia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, and Spain are the seven EU nations that have set the standardised UGS requirements.

Other iMUGS parties include Talgen Cybersecurity, Safran, NEXTER, KMW, Diehl Defence, Royal Military Academy of Belgium and more.