Estonia, Norway and the United Kingdom in the airmobile combat drone program

WARSAW, (BM) – Norwegian Kongsberg has joined the program to create a dump platform for the THeMIS unmanned land platform, implemented by the British IrvinGQ and the Estonian Milrem Robotics, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. The result of this cooperation is the creation of the first airborne combat unmanned aerial vehicle.

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According to current plans, IrvinGQ is to create a special Atax dump platform compatible with the THeMIS land drone developed by Milrem Robotics. The system is to be armed with a Protector RWS remotely controlled weapon module designed and manufactured by Kongsberg. This cooperation will create completely new possibilities in the field of unmanned ground combat systems.

The ATAX platform enables the loading and airborne landing of as many as two Milrem THeMIS UAVs. This can be done from the cargo compartment of airplanes and transport helicopters [in the case of the latter also on the external sling], directly into the war zone. The compact and small dimensions of the platform together with the load allow, depending on the load capacity and size of the cargo compartment of a given machine, to transfer one machine from several to a dozen such systems during one flight to the mission area. This enables, for example, team actions by drones in the group after landing.

The system uses reusable soft airbags for landing instead of classic energy-dissipating materials. The use of this method is to shorten the time of preparing and assembling the load and eliminate many unnecessary, heavy and unnecessary elements. At the same time, it is supposed to reduce the impact force transferred to the load and enable it to enter action faster. In addition, after landing, the drones can leave the platform on their own after remote activation, without the need for physical, direct unloading by a human on the ground.

THeMiS is an unmanned land vehicle designed and manufactured by the Estonian company Milrem Robotics. Its load capacity is up to 750 kg, which allows for the installation of a wide variety of additional modules that transform it into one of many possible specialized versions. The drive is a hybrid system consisting of diesel and electric engines mounted in side modules located inside the tracks. The vehicle can travel at a maximum speed of 35 km / h for 10 hours (including about 90 minutes in “silent” mode), and its range depends on the terrain and the distance from the operator controlling it by radio.

Protector RWS is a family of remotely controlled weapon modules for various types of combat vehicles designed and manufactured by Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. Thanks to its modular structure, this system can be equipped with any set of weapons and sensors according to the user’s requirements. A total of 23 users have already decided to buy this system, and around the world they are used by a number of nearly 20,000.

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