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Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) will get a new airdrop system that can be used to rapidly deploy it into warzones. Utilizing their ATAX airdrop system, IrvinGQ will integrate a pair of Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS or the Multscope Rescue UGV to be used for defence or firefighting missions, respectively.

ATAX is a modular, rapid-rig/de-rig, aerial delivery system that employs soft landing airbags instead of traditional energy-dissipating materials (EDM). According to the company the reusable airbags offer a number of significant advantages over traditional methods as they; reduce load preparation and rigging times by eliminating consumable rigging materials; significantly reduce the shock forces imparted into the cargo load; and facilitate a true drive-on drive-off capability.

“The airdrop platform will widen the possibilities of how armed forces can deploy autonomous or remotely piloted THeMIS UGVs behind enemy lines, or as part of airborne operations combined with infantry. Firefighters could use ATAX to drop Multiscope Rescue systems to combat large-scale terrain or forest fires without endangering lives,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. Other aerial deployment possibilities of Milrem Robotics’ UGVs include helicopter underslung or in the cargo area of a helicopter, for example the Chinook CH-47.

Dorothee Frank