EDGE Group’s Milrem Robotics Unveils UGV Equipped with Hunter 2-S Swarming Drones


HALCON’s HUNTER 2-S swarming drone system is integrated onto Milrem’s THeMIS Combat unmanned ground vehicle at DSEI 2023.0

EDGE entity Milrem Robotics, Europe’s leading developer of robotics and autonomous systems, today unveiled the THeMIS Combat unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), equipped with the HALCON HUNTER 2-S swarming loitering munition. HALCON is a regional leader in the design and production of guided weapons systems and beyond. The new THeMIS Combat was unveiled in London at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI 2023), one of the world’s largest defence and security exhibitions.

Wim Strydom, COO of HALCON, said: “We are proud to be unveiling an advanced technology solution that showcases EDGE’s smart weapons and autonomous systems in unison. The THeMIS Combat is an outstanding platform and the HUNTER 2-S loitering munition will complement its autonomous capabilities. This also highlights its dedication to fostering synergies and strategic partnerships across the Group.”

Jüri Pajuste, Defence R&D Director of Milrem Robotics, said: “Units can manoeuvre the THeMIS Combat with Hunter 2-S drones closer to the enemy line. This allows them to engage closer targets faster or venture farther behind the lines to find suitable targets. Deploying robotic systems across enemy lines is considerably faster and more efficient than using manned units for the same task.”

The mission proven THeMIS UGV, which is part of robotics programs in 16 countries, is intended to support dismounted infantry units. It comes equipped with MIFIK – Milrem’s Intelligent Functions Kit – which allows for independent mobility of the system, including point-to-point navigation, follow me, obstacle detection, and avoidance.

The HUNTER 2-S is an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that features advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to perform coordinated missions in a swarm. It is capable of autonomously following a flight plan, coordinating with other drones in the swarm and loitering while seeking and classifying targets until engagement by a man-in-the-loop. The HUNTER 2-S has a 2kg payload, cruising altitude of 500m and cruise speed of 90km/h, with an endurance of 45 minutes.

The THeMIS Combat and other Milrem Robotics’ solutions can be found in stand no H4-122.

About EDGE:

Launched in November 2019, the UAE’s EDGE is one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups, established to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defence and beyond, and to be a catalyst for change and transformation. It is dedicated to bringing breakthrough innovations, products, and services to market with greater speed and efficiency, to position the UAE as a leading global hub for future industries, and to creating clear paths within the sector for the next generation of highly-skilled talent to thrive.

With a focus on the adoption of 4IR technologies, EDGE is driving the development of sovereign capabilities for global export and for the preservation of national security, working with front-line operators, international partners, and adopting advanced technologies such as autonomous capabilities, cyber-physical systems, advanced propulsion systems, robotics and smart materials. EDGE converges R&D, emerging technologies, digital transformation, and commercial market innovations with military capabilities to develop disruptive solutions tailored to the specific requirements of its customers. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, EDGE consolidates more than 25 entities into five core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Space & Cyber Technologies, Trading & Mission Support, and Homeland Security.