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Pegasus:Multiscope UGV debuts at Eurosatory
by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Paris (UPI) Jun 14, 2016

Milrem and Leica Geosystems Announce Pegasus:Multiscope: A New Unmanned Ground Vehicle for Surveying, Security, and Monitoring Applications

THeMIS UGV shown off at Eurosatory
Paris (UPI) Jun 14, 2016 - The THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle was shown off Monday at the Eurosatory defense expo in Paris.

The first fully modular hybrid UGV was developed by Milrem and features ST Kinetics' ADDER remote weapons station.

The THeMIS, or Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System, allows different superstructures to be mounted and integrated onto the middle of the vehicle platform for missions such as rescue, transport and reconnaissance.

"Unmanned systems will play a significant role in the development of military capabilities in future," said Milrem's Chief Executive Officer Kuldar Vaarsi said earlier this year. "Within the next 10 years, we will see smart ground systems complimenting the human troops during joint missions.

The vehicle is expected to be ready for production by the end of the year.

The THeMIS features a powerful optical zoom and video tracking that make it suitable for surveillance missions. It has a max speed of about 18 mph and has a zero-meter turn radius.

THeMIS successfully completed a round of Estonian army tests last month.

Milrem and Leica Geosystems debuted the Pegasus:Multiscope off-road unmanned ground vehicle Monday at the Eurosatory defense expo in Paris.

It is the first unmanned UGV for off-road use and will open up new applications in surveying, monitoring and security, the companies said in a statement.

The new vehicle combines Milrem's Multiscope UGV with Leica Geosystems' Pegagus:Two mobile mapping sensor platform, resulting in a faster, cheaper and more flexible technology that can be used for commercial and security purposes, the companies said.

It will help eliminate risks when surveying difficult terrain for civil engineering or agricultural products, or in hazardous areas such as nuclear facilities or war zones.

The UGV features low ground pressure, allowing it to travel any terrain, including mud, sand or snow, the companies said.

It can be programmed to follow a predtermined route, offers change detection that can be seen to within 2 centimeters and is available with thermal imaging.

Milrem also debuted the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle at Eurosatory on Monday.

MMP ground combat missile in series production
Paris (UPI) Jun 14, 2016 - Europe's MBDA has started initial series production of its MMP land combat missile for the French military, the company said Tuesday.

The MMP, or Missile Moyenne Portée, is a medium-range weapon that is to replace the French army's Milan and Javelin anti-tank missiles from 2017.

MBDA said 2,850 are to be produced for France.

It is a "fire-and-forget" missile with a a range of more than 4,700 yards. It features a dual-mode seeker and a fiber-optic data link, making it possible to maintain man-in-the-loop control, and the system can be integrated into vehicles.

"This capability gives it unmatched accuracy and minimizes the risk of collateral damage," MBDA said. "The missile's multi-purpose military charge [anti-tank, anti-personnel and anti-infrastructure] can defeat targets ranging from heavy tanks with reactive armor to infantry entrenched in an infrastructure and can be integrated on four different platforms."

The program for development of the MMP began in 2011.

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