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Dutch defence company AEC Skyline and Milrem Robotics have signed an MoU to cooperate in the development of unmanned systems. This was signed by Stef Have, director of AEC Skyline Holding and Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics and paves the way for joint development, testing and validation of products and software in the fields of activity of both parties, according to the Estonian company.

Under the teaming agreement, AEC Skyline will act as an integration partner for Milrem Robotics products including the THeMIS and Multiscope UGVs as well as the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle. AEC will also engage with the Dutch MoD and potential civilian customers, primarily in the Netherlands. With six THeMIS UGVs already being operated by the Royal Netherlands Army’s Robotics & Autonomous Systems unit under a Concept Development & Experimentation (CD&E) scheme, both parties now aim to position Milrem Robotics’ solutions for future requirements of the Dutch MoD, including the use of manned-unmanned teaming.

The parties are looking into requirements that might lead to the integration of new technologies and payloads including (tethered) UAS, sensors and armaments into UGVs. The companies are also analysing how UAS data can enhance AI and autonomous navigation solutions developed by Milrem Robotics and enhance their Intelligent Functions. The companies have already identified counter-UAS technology and the development of a new integrated user interface as specific areas of cooperation.

Jack Richardson