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Milrem improves Themis and uses Ukraine war to inform development

20th June 2024 - 07:45 GMT | by Damian Kemp in Paris


The Starlink terminal is in the rear of THeMIS UGV on display at Eurosatory 2024. (Photo: Damian Kemp)

Milrem’s Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) is a modular, hybrid UGV. The vehicle's modular design and open architecture allow it to be reconfigured to serve as transportation, weapons or IED detection platform.

Estonian company Milrem Robotics is continuing to develop the THeMIS UGV based on the experiences of Ukrainian forces who are using them in the war against Russia and looking beyond the conflict to where the same country will be using it in post-war operations.

The latest announced development of the UGV was unveiled at Eurosatory 2024 and shows the integration of the platform with Starlink satellite communications (SATCOM) which will allow it to operate over longer distances for logistics and casualty evacuation roles.

Milrem chief sales officer Patrick Shepherd said Japanese deliveries were taking place this year and there were 10 more orders “in the process or awaiting approval”.

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“[In terms of the vehicle] we have two or three projects in development with at least two of these to be announced in the coming 12–18 months,” Shepherd noted. 

Fifteen of the platforms have entered service with Ukrainian forces and 13 remain and while attacks by UAVs have been a concern for large land vehicles only one Themis has been lost in this way over the space of 10,000h of operations.

This lack of impact has led the company to stay away from the use of jammers which would make it a target by emitting a signal and there has been no customer requirement.

Shepherd said this duration and type of use have been invaluable for informing future developments and the design has been changed twice based on the lessons from the war.

“We have discovered the use case for our system in Ukraine is much larger than what we anticipated and it is being used with greater frequency,” he said.

“We are making frequent visits to Kyiv and meeting soldiers and users and the system use is impossible to replicate or emulate apart from the real world.”

The system already has payloads to deal with mines or unexploded munitions but the company will continue development in the field in anticipation of a post-Ukraine war scenario where hundreds-of-thousands of exploded devices will need to be dealt with.

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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