According to a social media post, Hornet launched yesterday its Hornet Air Guard solution to offer anti-drone detection & neutralization capabilities to the HORNET remote controlled weapon station (RCWS).
“The HORNET Air Guard adds a Gonio RF (CERBAIR HYDRA 300) and a radar which are fitted on the Hornet’s independent smoke grenade launcher ring,” says a report from the show. “Both systems constantly scan the area while the RCWS can still be used normally for observation or combat missions. Upon detection of a hostile drone, the operator is automatically warned of the threat and can validate an RCWS rally with identification via optronics. The drone can then be neutralized with the automatic 40mm grenade launcher and an air-burst grenade.”
“The system retains the independent GALIX smoke grenade launcher, effectively protecting the vehicle during combat operations. The Battlenet system coordinates all these functions together.”
The Hornet RCWS was shown integrated with the robotics and autonomous systems Milrem Robotics THeMIS Combat unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). According to Milrem:
“The Hornet RCWS was developed for the new French 4×4 and 6×6 armoured vehicle program “Scorpion”, however, it offers unique features for UGV applications. One of these is a specific cleaning system for the optronics as well as the option to flip down the sensors to protect them from dirt and damage. The second is a protected ammunition feed.
“These are crucial aspects for an unmanned vehicle operated from a distance,” explained Jean Boy, Managing Director of Hornet, adding that the Hornet was developed keeping in mind the French Army’s high standards for firing accuracy. THeMIS Combat UGVs provide direct fire support for manoeuvre forces and act as a force multiplier increasing stand-off distance, force protection and situational awareness.”
“Hornet is a new generation remote weapon system which has exceptional features making it especially suitable for unmanned operations. The autonomous THeMIS is a very stable and extremely capable mobility platform that makes this combination a valuable asset for different military operations,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. “Adding this THeMIS Combat to even small military units, increases their firepower and capabilities tremendously.”
The THeMIS Combat is on display at Milrem Robotics’ stand in Hall 6 K 253.
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