Weaponised THeMIS Ad­der aces live fire tests

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - MICHAEL IRV­ING

AF­TER un­veil­ing it at the Sin­ga­pore Air­show back in Fe­bru­ary, Mil­rem and ST Ki­net­ics have con­ducted the first live fire tests of their weaponised un­manned ground ve­hi­cle (UGV) — the THeMIS Ad­der.

Armed with a heavy ma­chine gun, the UGV re­port­edly aced the tests, paving the way for ro­bots that may even­tu­ally be able to sup­port or even re­place ground troops on the bat­tle­field. Two main com­po­nents make up the mod­u­lar un­manned ve­hi­cle. Mil­rem’s Tracked Hy­brid Mod­u­lar In­fantry Sys­tem (THeMIS) pro­vides the tank-like base, run­ning a hy­brid diesel-elec­tric drive that can op­er­ate for up to 10 hours at a time. It can be con­trolled re­motely, with the po­ten­tial for au­ton­o­mous op­er­a­tion. A cen­tral plat­form be­tween the treads al­lows the UGV to be kit­ted out for a va­ri­ety of mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions, such as re­mote re­con­nais­sance, coun­ter­ex­plo­sive mis­sions, sup­ply de­liv­er­ies or med-evac.

In this case, it was topped with an Ad­der re­mote weapon sta­tion from ST Ki­net­ics, and armed with a CIS 50MG heavy ma­chine gun. To­gether, the THeMIS Ad­der rep­re­sents a long-time col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two com­pa­nies in de­vel­op­ing a weaponised UGV, and un­der su­per­vi­sion of the Es­to­nian De­fence Forces, the ve­hi­cle was put through its first live fire tests last month.

“The tests were in­tended to test the sta­bil­ity of our plat­form and see how the re­mote weapon sta­tion and ve­hi­cle com­mu­ni­cate and work with each other,” said Kul­dar Väärsi, CEO of Mil­rem. “To our sat­is­fac­tion ev­ery­thing worked per­fectly, you can see as much from the video.”

The THeMIS Ad­der can carry be­tween 750 and 1 000 kg, and hit a top speed of be­tween 24 and 35 km/h. The tur­ret on top can spin a full 360 de­grees in a mat­ter of sec­onds, and hit tar­gets from as far away as 1,8 km. — New At­las.

PHOTO: MIL­REM

Car­ry­ing three troops in this photo, the THeMIS Ad­der is de­signed to sup­port or even­tu­ally re­place ground troops in the bat­tle­field by car­ry­ing sup­plies or re­mote con­trolled weapons.

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