Milrem Robotics Integrates Starlink SATCOM into THeMIS UGV for Extended Remote Control Capabilities

This new capability will be unveiled during Eurosatory 2024.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 07:03 AM, June 13, 2024
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Milrem Robotics Integrates Starlink SATCOM into THeMIS UGV for Extended Remote Control Capabilities
THeMIS UGVs to conduct casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) @Milrem Robotics)

Estonia-based and EDGE Group entity Milrem Robotics and AEC Skyline, a supplier of critical data solutions, have integrated Starlink satellite communications (SATCOM) together with associated equipment into the THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) that allows it to be controlled over vast distances.

The latest communication system allows unmanned combat support vehicles to be safely deployed to the battlefield. At the same time, operators remain at a secure distance, even thousands of kilometres away, ensuring enhanced safety and efficiency in military operations.

This new Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) controlling capability will be unveiled during Eurosatory 2024, which will take place in Paris, France, from June 17 to 21.

The communication system has been integrated into the THeMIS Cargo CASEVAC. This UGV is currently deployed in Ukraine, assisting Ukrainian soldiers in the war with Russia. Additionally, Ukrainian forces are using THeMIS’ configured for route clearance.

By leveraging satellite connectivity, the robotic vehicle can transmit data, receive commands, and relay vital information in real-time, regardless of its location on the battlefield.

“With satellite communications, operators can maintain control over the robot from a safe and strategic vantage point, minimising the risks associated with direct human involvement in combat zones,” explained Raul Rikk, Capability Development Director at Milrem Robotics.

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