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Milrem Robotics is expanding and hiring several senior-level engineers as well as establishing competence centres in Europe. The company’s expansion is fuelled by shifting its focus onto software development due to leading more complex system integration projects and recently receiving two EU grants. Currently, up to 30 new engineers (mainly in software development) are needed, but during the next year, Milrem aims to hire 50 new employees.

This summer, the European Commission announced that a consortium, led by Milrem Robotics, would be awarded €30.6M from the European Defence Industrial Development Programme to develop a European standardised Unmanned Ground System (UGS). During the project, titled iMUGS, modular and scalable architecture for hybrid manned-unmanned systems will be developed to standardise a European wide ecosystem for aerial and ground platforms, command, control and communication equipment, sensors, payloads, and algorithms.

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In addition to iMUGS, the company recently signed an agreement with the University of Tartu to develop autonomous off-road mobility for unmanned vehicles during a project backed by the EU. This project, which is aimed at the commercial market, specifically for aiding forest regeneration using Robotic Foresters, has four main goals.

  • efficient detection and mitigation of natural obstacles found in forested areas
  • efficient operations of multiple UGS’
  • safety of precision proximity operations within close range from obstacles
  • optimised collection and handling of onboard sensor data in combination with remote sensing

The bigger target is bringing human intervention of UGS’ to less than 20 per cent of all required operations, which is useful in many civilian sectors such as forestry or agriculture.

In addition to EU projects, Milrem Robotics is establishing competence centres for robotics and unmanned system development. Alongside a well-established subsidiary in Sweden, another was created in Finland and plans are underway to expand to the Netherlands, where the company’s key customer – The Royal Netherlands Army – is located.

The company’s flagship product, the THeMIS UGS, has been delivered to nine countries of which seven are NATO members, including France, Norway, the UK, and the US. Milrem Robotics recently launched the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle, intended to support mechanised units.

Jack Richardson