Remember the THeMIS UGV from Milrem Robotics: it is a modular vehicle that can be enhanced with various add-ons to handle, search, rescue, and reconnaissance missions. It has a base that measures 2000mm long and 900mm high. It has a payload capacity of 750kg. THeMIS is now being used to patrol Mali, which is one of the toughest regions in the world with lava rock soil, loose sand and high temperatures that can reach 50 degrees in the shade.
As the company explains, the Estpla-32 infantry platoon currently serving in Mali recently tested the vehicle:
“Deploying an unmanned vehicle will allow units to increase their combat power, as it reduces the physical load to soldiers and allows additional supplies to be included in an operation such as heavy weaponry, additional water and ammunition that could not be transported without the vehicle. We are currently using the UGV on patrols to identify and eliminate both technical and procedural bottlenecks, and test different ways of using it and integrating it into our tactics.”
explained 2nd Lieutenant Madis Pärnpuu, the second-in-command of Estpla-32.