Kongsberg has proved its innovative capabilities by firing a remotely controlled Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin missile and various machine-guns from a Protector remote weapon station on an unmanned ground vehicle.
The event took place at Redstone Test Center, Alabama, USA, in June.
A Titan UGV, featuring QinetiQ UGV control technology on a Milrem Robotics THeMIS mobility platform was used in the demonstration.
Javelin and .50 caliber machine gun were fired, remotely and wireless, from a Protector Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
Video from the missile and RWS, as well as control and firing signals was transferred on a secure circuit over radio.
This was also the first combined Javelin and M230LF 30mm Cannon firing from a single RWS, as the event also featured the Northrup Grumman M230LF (30mm X 113mm) cannon.
The Kongsberg LW30 RWS was mounted on an Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace Pål Bratlie said this event was nothing short of ground-breaking.
“The customers have been consistent in their demand for wireless capability and for increased lethality, like anti-tank guided-missile integration,” he said.
“Our ability to integrate our partners’ quality systems into common interfaces was essential to this demonstrations success.
“The combination of a wireless and remotely controlled weapon system, integrated on an unmanned vehicle, introduces capabilities that will secure our soldiers mission and safety to an even greater extent.”
CEO of Milrem Robotics Kuldar Väärsi said combing unmanned ground vehicles with modern weapon systems would bring disruptive capabilities to the battlefield.
“Milrem Robotics has experienced this effect already with several armies using the THeMIS with an integrated heavy machine gun,” he said.
“Adding such a capable antitank missile as the Javelin will significantly increase the disruptive effect.”