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Gerhard Heiming

In order to increase force protection and improve effectiveness, unmanned combat systems are increasingly being used. To this end, Milrem Robotics has presented an unmanned infantry fighting system called Typ-X, which was revealed in a webinar, instead of a presentation planned for the now cancelled Eurosatory 2020 Expo.

The remote-controlled modular platform can be used to deploy a variety of mission equipment and features a hybrid drive system that combines a battery, fuel tank, electric motor, rubber track and diesel engine to provide virtually silent operation at an approximate range of 600 km. In the infantry combat vehicle version, the Typ-X will be equipped with an unmanned turret with a cannon ranging between 30 and 50 mm in calibre. The combat weight is stated as 12 tons, with the vehicle only 2.20 m high, 2.90 m wide and 6.00 m long. This results in high tactical and strategic mobility with the low silhouette, combined with the low heat signature, making detection by enemy forces more difficult. The concept envisages mission modules for anti-aircraft, mortar, anti-tank, radar carrier, recovery and transport, as well as the addition of sensors or other components as required.

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The Typ-X is designed from scratch, taking into account its reparability with Line Replaceable Units (LRU) allowing for quick repair under operational conditions. In addition to halving procurement costs, maintenance costs should also be very low. Milrem Robotics developed the Typ-X with extensive support from an unnamed country’s armed forces while retaining the property rights. So far, the Type-X exists only on paper, though the components have been selected and functional prototype is to be built this year, which will be used for company testing and Milrem Robotics expects to be able to present a marketable product after about three years. After this, the Typ-X could follow as its big brother, the Unmanned Ground Vehicle THeMIS, which is currently gaining its first combat experience in Mali with the Estonian Military.