Milrem Robotics and AEC Skyline Introduce Satellite-Controlled Unmanned Ground Vehicle

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 Milrem Robotics and AEC Skyline Introduce Satellite-Controlled Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Milrem Robotics and AEC Skyline have integrated Starlink SATCOM into the THeMIS UGV, enabling remote control over vast distances and enhancing battlefield safety and efficiency.

Milrem Robotics, a leader in robotics and autonomous systems, has partnered with AEC Skyline, a supplier of advanced data solutions, to integrate Starlink satellite communications into the THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). This integration enables the UGV to be controlled from thousands of kilometers away, significantly enhancing the safety and efficiency of military operations.

The THeMIS UGV, equipped with this new communication system, can now be deployed in combat zones while operators remain at a secure distance. This development is particularly critical for modern warfare, where minimizing human presence in dangerous areas is a priority.

The enhanced Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) capability will be showcased at Eurosatory 2024, an international defense and security exhibition in Paris, France, from June 17 to 21. The THeMIS Cargo CASEVAC variant, which is currently supporting Ukrainian soldiers in their conflict with Russia, has been equipped with this advanced communication system. Additionally, Ukrainian forces are using THeMIS vehicles for route clearance operations.

By leveraging satellite connectivity, the THeMIS UGV can transmit data, receive commands, and relay vital information in real-time, regardless of its location. This ensures continuous and reliable communication between the UGV and its operators, enhancing situational awareness and operational effectiveness.

“This marks a significant milestone in military robotics, providing unmatched capabilities for remote operation and situational awareness,” said Raul Rikk, Capability Development Director at Milrem Robotics. “With satellite communications, operators can control the robot from a safe distance, reducing the risks of direct human involvement in combat zones.”

Stef Have, CEO of AEC Skyline, expressed pride in the partnership and the integration of their critical data solutions into Milrem Robotics' UGVs. “Since 2021, our collaboration has deepened, and I’m proud of our division's role in integrating this SATCOM capability into our partner’s UGVs,” he said.

About Milrem Robotics:

Milrem Robotics is an industry leader in robotics and autonomous systems, with offices in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the US. The company is known for its THeMIS and Multiscope UGVs, the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle, and MIFIK intelligent autonomous functionalities. They have also completed the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) project iMUGS, focusing on developing hybrid manned-unmanned systems.

About AEC Skyline:

AEC Skyline, based in the Netherlands, specializes in systems integration and Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT). They offer a wide range of C4ISR & Cyber services and products, including advanced datalinks, tactical radios, LTE, and SATCOM solutions. Additionally, they provide specialist contract air services, including close air support, electronic warfare, and adversary air training, along with ISR, target towing, and testing services.

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