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Germany will Provide Ukraine with Fifth Generation Tank-Like Drones to Confront Russia

According to a press statement issued by Milrem Robotics on Tuesday, the German defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and the developer of robotics and autonomous systems Milrem Robotics have agreed to deploy 14 THeMIS fifth-generation drones and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) to Ukraine. The German Ministry of Defense is providing funding for the project.

Based on the company’s website, THeMIS Cargo’s goal is to reduce soldiers’ mental burdens while also giving them a way to transport and use extra weapons and equipment. Dismounted forces have more mobility and effectiveness against the enemy because of the THeMIS Cargo. The THeMIS Cargo can also be utilized for last-mile resupply and to support logistical operations on bases.

The tank can travel at a speed of 20 km/h, can carry a payload of up to 1200 kg, and is powered by an electric and diesel generator. It has 3 cameras; an IR (MIL-STD-810G), HDR, and Thermal.

The THeMIS Combat UGVs serve as a force multiplier and direct fire support for movement forces during the battle. They increase stand-off distance, force protection, and survivability by providing high precision across large areas, day or night, with an integrated self-stabilizing remote-controlled weapon system. Light or heavy machine guns, 40 mm grenade launchers, 30 mm autocannons, and Anti-Tank Missile Systems can all be added to combat UGVs.

Clearing Route and Evacuating Casualties

By the end of this year, around half of Ukraine’s new tanks should arrive; these tanks are designed for casualty evacuation. The remaining 7 will be equipped for route clearance with shipment from the French defense manufacturer CNIM Systèmes Industriels and will be delivered in the second quarter of 2023.

“Casualty evacuation and route clearance are two time-consuming tasks that call for the involvement of numerous individuals while they are constantly at risk from enemy fire. According to Captain Jüri Pajuste, Defence R&D Director of Milrem Robotics, automating these tasks with unmanned vehicles eliminates that risk and frees up more veterans to carry out more crucial tasks.

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