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Estonian military tests unmanned ground vehicle

A modular unmanned ground logistics vehicle has completed three days of testing on a simulated battlefield.

By Richard Tomkins
Estonian military tests unmanned ground vehicle
An Estonian soldier with a hand unit controls the THeMIS unmanned vehicle. Photo courtesy Estonian Armed Forces

TALLINN, Estonia, May 26 (UPI) -- 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.

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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.

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