Milrem Robotics will develop a new Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV), the Nordic Robotic Wingman, featuring Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace's PROTECTOR Remote Turrets.
The Nordic Robotic Wingman will be based on Milrem Robotics’ Type-X RCV and KONGSBERG’s latest remote turrets, which will be chosen specifically to meet the particular needs of various end-users.
The first Nordic Robotic Wingman concept is on show at DSEI 2021 at London's ExCEL Centre from the 14–17 September.
Sverker Svärdby, Managing Director of Milrem Robotics’ Sweden said many countries, especially the Nordics, Western Europe and the US, are interested in the development of the Type-X RCV by integrating KONGSBERG’s PROTECTOR Remote turrets, which have been sold to 26 countries and fitted to all types of vehicles, including the US Army's Robotic Combat Vehicle—Light. “Combining our knowledge of robotic combat vehicles and KONGSBERG’s wide range of systems and extensive expertise in defence systems development, we are capable of providing world-class systems based on customer needs,” Svärdby added.
Svärdby says the Type-X provides equal or overmatching firepower and tactical usage to a unit equipped with Infantry Fighting vehicles and gives mechanized units the means to breach enemy defensive positions with minimal risk to own troops. It can be fitted with a cannon up to 50 mm, anti-tank missiles and a tethered drone for continuous situational awareness.
“KONGSBERG has a family of unmanned PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Systems, ranging from the smallest RS2 Remote Weapon Station to the true Infantry Fighting Vehicle turret RT60 with Anti-Tank Guided Missile capability,” said Arne Gjennestad, vice president of Marketing & Sales, KONGSBERG.
The systems have a common software baseline, are easy to integrate and provide proven capabilities for the warfighter. KONGSBERG’s solution provides the operator with situational awareness and a safe and secure network-based fire control that is fielded with the Norwegian Army and in delivery to the US Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle programme.”
Milrem Robotics’ Type-X is equipped with intelligent functions such as follow-me, waypoint navigation and obstacle detection . The Type X also includes a feature called Indirect Drive, which enables remote controlled operations on higher speeds.