Milrem Robotics to Show New Robot Combat Vehicle at IDEX 2021
February 17, 2021
Milrem Robotics, which develops robotics and autonomous systems for defense and military applications, announced it will exhibit its Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle for the first time at IDEX 2021.
The Type-X RCV is designed to support mechanized units, and Milrem said it will become an “intelligent wingman” to main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. The RCV will be capable of taking on the most dangerous tasks and positions, resulting in lower lethality risk, the company said. It can be fitted with a cannon up to 50mm, providing equal or overmatching firepower and tactical usage to a unit equipped with infantry fighting vehicles.
“The Type-X provides means to breach enemy defensive positions with minimal risk to own troops,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. “If an RCV is lost, its replacement will become purely a logistical nuance, however, lives will be saved.”
Intelligent functions such as follow-me, waypoint navigation, and obstacle detection are included on the vehicle, and AI will be a part of the RCV’s algorithms. However, the company said the true innovation will allow the vehicle to allow remote-controlled operations at higher speeds, with a maximum speed of 80 km/h on paved roads and 50 km/h offroad. A low weight of 12 tons and a low height of 2.2 m also provide low visual and heat signatures.
Milrem said the vehicle was created through knowledge gained from its THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle, intended to support dismounted troops, which has been acquired by 10 countries, including France, Norway, the U.K., Germany, Estonia, and the U.S.
Milrem plans to show the vehicle at John Cockerill’s stand, number B18 in Hall 12 at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), which will be held Feb. 21-25 in Abu Dhabi.