Estonia introduced a new reconnaissance robot with a quadrocopter and a machine gun

(ORDO NEWS) — Milrem Robotics has unveiled its latest version of the THeMIS Observe combat robot, based on the modular THeMIS UGV platform, with a focus on reconnaissance, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS) is an ongoing EU Structured Cooperation (PESCO) project that aims to create a European Standardized Unmanned Ground System (EUGS).

Key to this is Estonian company Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS Modular Robotic System, which makes it easy to develop robot variants by replacing payload modules with a common mobility and control module for missions that range from troop resupply to deployment of remotely controlled weapons.

With the support of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, the THeMIS Observe started as a platform for transporting and launching a quadcopter, and last year the THeMIS platform, equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun, conducted a live fire exercise.

In the latest version, the drone was equipped with ISR equipment, including a camera, radar, acoustic detection of shots and a mast.

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A lightweight ranged weapon can be added to the THeMIS Observe, Milrem says, which also includes Milrem’s suite of smart features with “follow me” options and waypoint navigation with obstacle detection and avoidance.

The purpose of this is to provide soldiers with a reconnaissance platform that can move quickly to seek out and respond to new threats with multi-sensor identification while keeping people as far away from danger as possible. The company says this is a capability gap that was not previously available to light infantry units.

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