Milrem’s TheMIS unmanned vehicle completes military tests in Estonia

26 May 2016 (Last Updated May 26th, 2016 18:30)

Estonian defence equipment firm Milrem's autonomous ground vehicle, TheMIS, has successfully completed the first set of military tests.

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Estonian defence equipment firm Milrem's autonomous ground vehicle, TheMIS, has successfully completed the first set of military tests.

During the three-day trial, soldiers from the Defence Forces Logistics Battalion tested the vehicle by using it for transporting equipment and materials.

Supplies such as equipment, water, firewood, fuel or ammunition, which are currently transported manually, can now be distributed using the new remote-controlled, unmanned system.

With an ability to travel through tough terrain, the easily adaptable TheMIS can be customised to carry out different operations.

THeMIS will be used in environments that are difficult for humans to reach. All its devices are installed inside the tracks, leaving the middle platform free for different superstructures, the company said.

The company has developed TheMIS in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Forces of Estonia.

"This ground vehicle, THeMIS, can be customised to carry out different operations, leveraging its unique modular design and robust components."

Milrem CEO Kuldar Väärsi said: "Previously developed unmanned vehicles only performed specific tasks.

"However, this ground vehicle, THeMIS, can be customised to carry out different operations, leveraging its unique modular design and robust components."

The tests were conducted as part of a simulated battlefield event, Spring Storm (Kevadtorm).

Milrem has showcased the vehicle at different exhibitions in London, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi.


Image: A soldier from the Estonian Defence Forces controlling the THeMIS unmanned vehicle during a military exercise Spring Storm 2016. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.