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Milrem Robotics Secures THeMIS UGVs Contract with JGSDF

Our Bureau - : Apr 17, 2024 - : 2:19 am

Milrem Robotics has secured a contract to deliver an undisclosed quantity of THeMIS UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) to the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF) on Tuesday (Apr. 16).

Under the agreement, the Estonian company will provide Japan with three THeMIS UGVs, specifically configured for tasks such as supply transportation and intelligence gathering. These vehicles come equipped with Milrem’s Intelligent Functions Kit (MIFIK), enabling them to conduct independent operations both on and off-road. MIFIK facilitates mission planning through waypoint navigation and setting en-route vehicle behaviours.

“The goal of the Ground Self-Defense Forces is to fundamentally strengthen its defence capabilities with unmanned assets in order to gain asymmetric superiority while limiting human losses. A task to which UGVs are uniquely qualified,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.

The selection of THeMIS UGVs by the Japan Ministry of Defense aligns with the country’s Rapid Acquisition Program, aiming for swift deployment. Milrem Robotics pledges full support to ensure Japan’s prompt equipping with these advanced systems.

According to the company, JGSDF’s decision to opt for THeMIS UGVs was influenced by their state-of-the-art technology and widespread adoption in 16 countries, including several NATO members. These UGVs have also been assisting Ukrainian soldiers in conflicts with Russia.

The introduction of THeMIS UGVs is expected to enhance soldier safety and operational efficiency for the Japan Self-Defense Forces, providing new avenues for strategic advantage.


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