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Milrem and UVision join forces to offer new capability
Two types of UGV from Estonia-based Milrem Robotics can now be equipped with a loitering munition multi-canister launcher from Israeli firm UVision, in what the two companies described on 6 October as a ‘new step in man-machine battlefield collaboration’.
For the first time, they added, forces have at their disposal a combination of advanced ISR and long-range heavy firepower to attack heavily armoured targets in challenging battlefield conditions, including contested EW environments, without the need for HQ support.
Installing the loitering munition launcher on the Type-X robotic combat vehicle (RCV) and THeMIS UGV is also intended to achieve economy of effort, by enabling fewer troops to accomplish what would previously have entailed complex cooperation between several units and echelons.
The launcher can be equipped with two UVision loitering munitions: Hero-120 (with an anti-tank warhead and up to one hour of flight time); and Hero-400EC (capable of destroying fortified targets with endurance of up to two hours).
The Type-X RCV (designed to support and ultimately replace manned IFVs, according to Shephard Defence Insight) will also be equipped with a 40km-range communication antenna on a telescopic rising mast, to improve operator control of the system.
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