22 April 2021 – The European leading robotics and autonomous systems developer Milrem Robotics signed a distribution and maintenance agreement with XTEK Ltd. and delivered the first THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle to the Australian homeland security specialist.
This first THeMIS will be used by XTEK Ltd., for trial, evaluation, and demonstration purposes. Including Australia, the THeMIS UGV has been acquired by eleven countries, of which seven are NATO members, including Estonia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and the US.
Following the signing of an MoU in the end of last year, Milrem Robotics also signed an agreement with XTEK appointing the Australian homeland security specialist as the exclusive distributor of the THeMIS UGV, the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle, and Milrem’s Intelligent Functions Integration Kit (MIFIK) in Australia and New Zealand
“I am thrilled about the synergy created with XTEK and delivering the most advanced robotic capabilities to Australia,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.” In collaboration with XTEK, we can be close to our customer and secure continuous high-quality support.”
Philippe Odouard, XTEK Ltd’s Managing Director said: ”The delivery of our first Milrem Robotics THeMIS is a major milestone for XTEK. The THeMIS platform is ideally suited for a broad range of applications within the Australian Defence Force, particularly the Australian Army. It is also the perfect platform for us to further showcase our ‘AirWolf’ sensor-to-shooter software, which distributes targeting information from UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to advanced combat configured UGVs such as THeMIS.”
XTEK has extensive experience and expertise in unmanned vehicle distribution, maintenance, and value-added services.
The company’s established maintenance facilities include a Logistics Engineering Business Unit based in Canberra, where a pool of technicians and trainers with extensive Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot maintenance experience can provide maintenance for Milrem Robotics’ UGVs and RCVs.
The company plans to leverage its Adelaide Manufacturing Centre and unique XTclave™ technology for novel ballistic protection design, and other engineering and manufacturing services for Milrem Robotics’ UGV systems.
File photo courtesy Milrem Robotics