IDV launches new robotics arm – ‘pioneering the future of defence technology’

IDV (Iveco Defence Vehicles), a global player in innovative automotive and protection solutions, has announced the rebranding and evolution of the UK-based specialist Robotics and Autonomous Systems entity MIRA UGV as IDV Robotics.

This name change follows IDV’s acquisition of a majority stake in MIRA UGV, the Uncrewed Ground Vehicle (UGV) division of HORIBA MIRA, in January 2023.

IDV Robotics, a technology company at the forefront of UGV and Robotic Autonomous Systems (RAS) solutions, is accelerating the development of these technologies, promising to enhance operational efficiency and save lives across diverse terrains and missions.

The fusion of a state-of-the-art navigation and autonomy technology stacked with a range of vehicle platforms underscores the new company’s commitment to delivering RAS solutions for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and advanced Armed Forces around the world.

According to a statement, the focal point of the company’s endeavours lies in empowering critical missions such as Reconnaissance, Fire Support, Last Mile Resupply, Casualty Evacuation, and CBRN, establishing IDV Robotics as a preeminent supplier to the global defence industry.

Pioneering a Vision

With the launch of IDV Robotics, its dynamic partnership with HORIBA MIRA enters a new chapter, the company says. This transformative collaboration harnesses two decades of HORIBA MIRA’s pioneering expertise in remote control, teleoperated, and autonomous vehicle technologies, synergising with IDV’s renowned expertise in defence and off-highway vehicle engineering.

The newly formed robotics company is spearheading innovative, sector-specific technologies from its UK-base, catering to the ever-evolving demands of the UK MoD and its strategic allies. The technological highlights encompass an array of features:

  • VIKING: A high-mobility, multirole UGV platform.
  • MACE: IDV Robotics’ proprietary autonomy stack, integrated across a spectrum of military vehicles.
  • Autonomy: Mastery in remote control, semi-autonomous, and autonomous operations across challenging terrains.
  • GNSS Denied Navigation: Powerful navigation capability even in GNSS-denied environments.
  • Advanced Terrain Recognition: Cutting-edge object and terrain identification, complemented by next-level off-road routing.
  • Unified Ground-Air Integration: Holistic control, uniting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and UGVs for seamless ground-to-air RAS integration.

With this reimagined trajectory, the new robotics firm says it cements its dedication to technological brilliance and unwavering commitment to delivering the latest RAS solutions, tailored to meet the dynamic needs of military customers.

IDV Robotics upholds its position as a specialist in the UK sector, enriching national and allied capabilities, while retaining its headquarters at the MIRA Technology Park, serving as the focal point of continuous R&D and production pursuits.

IDV will be exhibiting at this year’s Milipol Paris trade show from 14-17 November on stand 5 C041.

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