Milrem Robotics has announced that its medium-class Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) has passed its initial mobility tests.
Unveiled last year, the vehicle was designed to support mechanised units in different missions and help in raising troop survivability by reducing the number of soldiers on the battlefield.
The unmanned Type-X RCV will typically serve as an intelligent wingman to main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles and help in breaching enemy defences with minimal risk to own troops.
Milrem Robotics CEO Kuldar Väärsi said: “The Type-X will provide equal or overmatching firepower and tactical usage to a unit equipped with Infantry Fighting vehicles. It provides means to breach enemy defensive positions with minimal risk for own troops and replacing a lost RCV is purely a logistical nuance.
“The vehicle will be equipped with intelligent functions such as follow-me, waypoint navigation, and obstacle detection with artificial intelligence being part of the algorithms.
“Also, Milrem Robotics’ software developers have taken a totally new and innovative approach to allow remote controlled operations on higher speeds.”
The Type-X vehicle can be equipped with a cannon up to 50mm. The RCV can be airdropped when fitted with up to a 30mm cannon.
Typically, the C-130J and the KC-390 can carry one Type-X, an A400M two and a C-17 can transport five units.
The Type-X vehicle has a weight of around 12t and can carry up to 4,100kg of payloads.
In November, Milrem Robotics conducted a demonstration of the autonomous THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for the Italian Army.