SABER Investment, Milrem Robotics to develop unmanned ground systems for United Arab Emirates

SABER Investment Company L.L.C, the manufacturing and integration platform for global innovation leaders and Milrem Robotics, the European leader in ground robotics, have begun collaborating in the development of robotic ground systems, in order to fulfill the requirements of customers in the United Arab Emirates.

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The company’s flagship product – the THeMIS UGV – was displayed at the UMEX 2020 exhibition in Abu Dhabi. (Picture source: MILREM Robotics)

The collaboration between the two companies will involve technology transfer to the Emirates and the enhancement of local expertise in artificial intelligence and autonomous capabilities. “This collaboration is a direct result of the cooperation agreement that we signed last year”, said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics, who was reflecting on the Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Field of the Defence Industry that was signed between The Estonian Defence Industry Association (EDIA) and the Emirates Defence Companies Council (EDCC) at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2019.

“That agreement created a solid basis by which the Estonian Defence Industry could further develop business cooperation in the United Arab Emirates and this is now evident because, in addition to developments regarding unmanned ground robots and autonomous navigation, the focus will be on wider integration of various manned and unmanned systems,” explained Kuldar Väärsi,

“We believe in the future of robotics and Milrem’s agnostic technology platform that can be scaled and integrated into any customer application and end-user requirement” stated Shafik Nasser, CTO of SABER Investment Company L.L.C

Milrem Robotics is a leading European developer and manufacturer of ground robots. The company’s flagship product – the THeMIS UGV – was displayed at the UMEX 2020 exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

The system has been operational in Mali during the anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane since early 2019 and has been delivered to France, US, UK, Netherlands and Norway. It is intended to provide combat support and carry supplies with an option to integrate additional kinetic or non-kinetic payloads.

Milrem Robotics is also leading a European consortium composed of several major defense, communication and cybersecurity companies and high technology SMEs established in the EU. The goal of the consortium is to develop a multi-mission unmanned ground system capable of being teamed with manned and aerial vehicles. The project is called MUGS and is being implemented for the European Commission’s European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP).

SABER, a pioneer of 43 years of disruptive innovation and a leader in bringing to market the latest in technology innovations, continues to further diversify and expand its portfolio of next-generation technology products; leading the way in industry’s paradigm shift towards Industry 4.0 and coupling its in-depth experience in customised manufacturing with system integration and adaptive technology. With the Milrem Robotics ‘technology platform’ we lead the way in unmanned solutions and A.I.-centric system integration. Allowing us to develop a locally superior defense and civil platform. This is an expansion to SABER’s focused strength and capabilities in robotics since inception of the Xmini platform; the unique carbon-fibre based robotic machining application. Today, the Xmini platform continues to integrate into the machining requirements, delivering key metrics in precision machining, in the aerospace and automotive industry.