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Tank-killing robot unveiled

THeMIS (Credit: MDBA)

A new robot is able to stealthily approach an enemy tank and destroy it.

This is no ordinary robot – it is rocket toting. A smart robot that can carry out missions to destroy enemy tanks complete in itself.

Milrem Robotics, together with missile specialist MBDA. Together, they are building a smart robot, armed with powerful missiles, designed to destroy enemy tanks.

If successful, this revolutionary robot would mean that the U.S. military could send in robots to stop the wave of enemy tanks instead of AMERICAN troops in danger.

Although this Terminator-level stuff, the robot will not look humanoid. The tank slayer robot will travel on tracks as tanks. In fact, it will resemble ground robots currently used for the destruction of mines and exploration; however, this robot is extremely lethal tanks.

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Milrem Robotics THeMIS (Track Hybrid Modular Infantry System) ground drone will be adapted for this anti-tank mission. A special tower of MBDA called IMPACT (Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret) will be mounted on the robot to provide launch of the power.

IMPACT (Credit: Adrien Daste – MDBA)

The tank killer will be armed with MBDA is very destructive fifth-generation MMP anti-tank missiles.

If implemented, battlefields could see scenarios of unusual, futuristic duels: tank versus robot.

These robots can also act as sentries, placed at the positions previously set in the control mode, and ready to swing into action when enemy tanks start rolling in the direction of them. Without a RF or heat signature, it would be very difficult for enemy troops to the flag.

The tank-killing robots could also potentially act as a team to move through a battlefield and wipe for tanks. Implemented in the advance of the ground forces, these robots may be possible to remove the threat of main battle tanks.

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Proved last week at the Eurosatory event in Paris, armed THeMIS certainly drew quite a lot of buzz on a high level with the U.S. army and many allied armies walk the floors, window shopping for cutting-edge warfare to country progress.

The Robot

Diesel-electric, THeMIS can reach speeds of about 14 km / h. It can perform missions for about 10 hours without refuelling.

The robot’s low center of gravity helps THeMIS remain stable for firing. It also helps the robot to tackle rough terrain are encountered.

It has a silent mode, which is useful for sneaking up on enemy troops. In the silent mode, the robot can work on missions for about one and a half hours without a power boost.

A strong little guy, can carry up to about 1650 kg.

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From a considerable distance, the military team was able to pilot the robot using the camera’s on board to “see” what the robot “sees.”

You can also forces could equip the robot autonomy and to deploy the robot to complete missions ordered, all by themselves.

Both methods of implementation provide the essential advantage of keeping the ground troops at a distance of enemy tanks and hopefully very safe beyond their reach.

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Sneak up on Enemy Tanks

The tank-killing robot design is taking into account the issue of heat signatures in the combat zone. An adversary equipped with tanks will most likely have advanced methods to search for forces. For example, an enemy with a thermal imaging camera could find AMERICAN troops that are hidden to the naked eye by detecting their heat signatures.

If the robot is the heat signature is low enough, then it is possible you can sneak up on enemy tanks with crew to rely on technical and thermal imagers to “see” outside of the tank.

IMPACT Turret

The THeMIS robot would be supplemented with a turret normally mounted on light armored vehicles.

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The 550-pounder, motorized IMPACT has day and night sensors integrated for the firing of the missiles. It also carries two missiles ready to fire immediately.

What if en route to the target, the little robot falls under attack by enemy soldiers? The robot can be equipped to protect himself and the mission.

For the robot to defend itself against threats smaller than a tank, this tower also offers a 7.62 mm machine gun. The IMPACT turret carries the machine gun ammo.

Just like the turret is mounted on vehicles and the crew can fire from a distance while you are safe in the vehicle armor, the robot can be commanded to fire missiles and the machine gun at distance. Teams can be safely behind cover and at a distance the fire of the robot.

Powerful Missiles

Able to destroy tanks of more than two miles away, the robot will fire tank-destroying missiles called MMPs.

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Not only can these missiles to destroy tanks, they can destroy heavy tanks with reactive armor shoot these MMPs. Reactive armor is a progress that makes it possible for the armor to respond to mitigate the consequences of a weapon.

The robot can also destroy enemy installations, or a base or a building, where the enemy forces have holed up.

There are two firing mode options: “lock on before launch’ and ‘lock on after launch.’

MMP is a “fire-and-forget” missile. This means that the rocket is “smart” and can be searched for the purpose in his own lock on after launch.

For help with the accurate localization and confirmation of the goals, the MMP has a dual viewfinder. The missile can “see” in both visible color and uncooled infrared.

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With the robot docked, the human team can still continue to be involved in the rocket firing and control with fiber-optic data link. The MMP is designed for maximum precision and minimum collateral damage.

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Robots Can Keep Troops Safer

These robots could be a significant advantage of improving the protection of the armed forces. By sending out robots to go and destroy enemy tanks, the human troops are placed, at distances over enemy counter fire.

Teams can also deploy the robots closer to protecting soldiers. For example, in urban combat, a team would be able to take refuge in an abandoned building in a region where the enemy tanks are patrolling. By the use of the tank-killing robot, the team was able to stay safely behind cover and still eliminate the tank threat.

Similar to recon robots, the THeMIS is equipped with IMPACT will also be able to provide potentially critical information. Sent in advance of the human team to handle tanks, the robot can feed data back to the human team at intel as enemy positions, force strength, terrain, and much more. So while he was on his way to stop a tank and the way back, the small robot can also intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks.

Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.

 

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