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Milrem Robotics has opened an office in the Netherlands making the first step towards creating a Central European robotics centre, the company writes in a press release.

One of the reasons the city of Best near Eindhoven was chosen as the location for Milrem Robotics’ Dutch office is to be closer to one of the company’s key customers – the Royal Dutch Army – and other relevant markets, according to the press release

At the opening ceremony, Milrem Robotics also introduced their upgraded THeMIS UGV that was specifically designed to accommodate all hardware, software and the flawless operation of the Milrem Intelligent Functions Integration Kit. This features wired and wireless follow-me, waypoint navigation and obstacle detection and avoidance. Upgrades were also done to THeMIS’ camera system. Milrem Robotics Netherlands is the company’s fifth office in Europe. The other offices are in Estonia (two), Sweden and Finland.

At present, Milrem Robotics is the leader of a consortium that was awarded €30.6M from the European Commission’s European Defence Industrial Development Programme to develop a European standardised Unmanned Ground System. In the scope of the iMUGS  designated project, a modular and scaleable architecture for hybrid manned-unmanned systems is to be developed to standardise a European wide ecosystem.