IrvinGQ has developed an airdrop platform which is compatible with the Milrem Robotics THeMIS Combat Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), configured with Kongsberg’s PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station (RWS). The ability to operate in high threat environments, without putting warfighters or service people at risk, is one of the single biggest challenges faced by decision-makers today. Part of the solution is the use of Unmanned Vehicles that are not only safer, but also potentially more effective than the use of current manned systems.
The separate challenge of how to effectively deploy these assets to their operating environments; whether it be in the surveillance, protection or strike mode is now also being answered. By expanding the initial Milrem Robotics / IrvinGQ collaboration with the integration of a Kongsberg PROTECTOR RWS onto Milrems’s THeMIS UGV, it is possible to deploy by parachute an autonomous strike capability using the ATAX® airdrop system.
The Kongsberg PROTECTOR family of RWSs are suitable for any mission. Modular and highly flexible, the system is designed for small and medium calibre weapons including mounting of coaxial weapons and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM), complete with advanced day and night sensor suite for situational awareness and target acquisition. More than 20,000 PROTECTOR RWSs have been produced for 23 countries, with Kongsberg now implementing a qualified secure, packed based fire control system for use in wireless control of one or more remote systems simultaneously.
The Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS is a multi-role UGV intended to reduce the number of troops on the battlefield. THeMIS’ open architecture enables it to be rapidly configured from having a transport function to being weaponised, performing ordnance disposal, or supporting intelligence operations according to the nature of the mission. THeMIS UGVs have been acquired by nine countries, seven of which are members of NATO, including the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, the UK and the US.
ATAX® is a patented, Modular, Rapid-Rig/De-Rig, Aerial Delivery System that employs Soft Landing Airbags instead of traditional Energy-Dissipating Materials (EDM). 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.
- facilitate a true drive-on drive-off capability.
Given the emerging nature of unmanned autonomous systems and UGVs alongside the requirement to lessen the burden to warfighters, IrvinGQ is developing an airdrop restraint system with an auto release that enables the UGVs to self-derig and drive-off the ATAX® platform unaided. A truly autonomous capability.
Milrem Robotics, IrvinGQ and Kongsberg enable a true autonomous mission at reach delivered by parachute, or in support of airborne forces, that can limit the warfighters exposure on the battlefield.