by Richard Tomkins
Tallinn, Estonia (UPI) May 26, 2016
A multi-purpose unmanned ground vehicle has successfully completed initial military testing by the Estonian Army on a simulated battlefield.
The vehicle is the THeMIS, or Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System, from Milrem, an Estonian manufacturer of defense equipment.
Milrem said the system was put through its paces by a logistics unit during a three-day exercise, transporting equipment and materials.
"Previously developed unmanned vehicles only performed specific tasks," said Milrem Chief Executive Officer Kuldar Vaarsi. "However, this ground vehicle, THeMIS, can be customized to carry out different operations, leveraging its unique modular design and robust components."
In June, Milrem will present two different product solutions at the Eurosatory exhibition, in Paris -- a weaponized THeMIS and a vehicle equipped with an explosives detection system. The commercial product family utilizing this unmanned vehicle technology will also be introduced in Los Angeles, the company said.
Ukroboronprom speeding up BTR-4 rollout
Combined capacities at the Zhytomyr Armored Plant means the concern can strengthen the country's army faster with the eight-wheeled vehicles, according to a Ukroboronprom statement.
Plant specialists are mastering hull production, with BTR-4s coming next, Ukroboronprom said.
The plant has already developed technical documentation for the vehicles, and is in the midst of planning state tests and deliveries for the Ministry of Defense, the National Guard and other law enforcement agencies, in order to strengthen the country's defenses.
"Modern and powerful light-armored vehicles of Ukrainian production will be delivered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine faster," said Roman Romanov, Ukroboronprom's director general.
The vehicle is an entirely Ukrainian development, and it features a mix of speed and protection for the crews.
Nearly 80 such vehicles were deployed with the Ukrainian army during conflicts with Russia in the country's east, Ukroboronprom said.
Ukroboronprom is also developing frameworks for a program that will lead to high-tech manufacturing to NATO standards.
Subsidiary Kyiv Armored Plant announced the delivery earlier this month of six BTR-3EID armored personnel carriers to the country's national guard.
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