The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment has awarded a contract to a consortium of the Estonian Defence and Security Industry Innovation Cluster for its ‘Automated systems on the battlefield’ project, Milrem announced on 10 April.
The project is being managed by the Centre for Applied Studies at the Estonian National Defence College (ENDC). The consortium includes Milrem; Marduk Technologies; AS Telegrupp; Smart Defence Systems; ELI; GuardTime; Rantelon; and Threod Systems.
The project will test various UGV and UAS platforms and assess risk related to the exchange of data, and will also seek solutions to make different systems interoperable.
Lt. Col. Sten Allik, chief of the Centre for Applied Studies at the ENDC, said: ‘The aim of the project is to assess how unmanned and automated systems could contribute to our combat power and how we can measure the impact of these new systems on combat power. To achieve this, we will run a number of field experiments and tests in collaboration with the 2nd Infantry Brigade units.’
Estonian Defence and Security Industry Innovation Cluster aims to become a centre of competence in research and development and export in the defence industry sector.