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Titan and THeMIS deployed in Mali with Estonian soldiers from Barkhane

(B2) The Estonians deployed in Mali as part of Operation Barkhane – they provide guarding and security for the French base in Gao – did not come alone. They brought with them their latest generation of THeMIS ground drone

Testing the new equipment in the extreme conditions of Mali

This tracked hybrid modular infantry system (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) can be equipped in several versions: logistics, capable of transporting up to 750 kg of equipment, explosive device detector (IED) or combat (with machine guns). " VSt's an operation in one of the most difficult climates in the world. This is invaluable experience for us and the knowledge gained during the mission will be used to continue R&D according to Jüri Padjus, Director of Defense Programs at Milrem Robotics. The unmanned vehicle makes it possible to transport equipment, such as ammunition, which eases the burden on the soldier.

A light drone in surveillance

In addition to the THeMIS, a light helicopter drone, the KX4-LE Titan from Threod Systems, provides situational awareness. It can reach a height of 80 meters, and carries an electro-optical sensor relaying images. A lanyard connected to the THeMIS allows it to increase autonomy.


NB: this vehicle is part of one of the 'capacity' projects developed under permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). Project number 21 is coordinated by Estonia with the participation of around ten countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland). Read : The land robot project made in Estonia submitted to the Defense Fund and PESCO.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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