Unattended and unmanned sensors as being developed as part of these futuristic programs. Among these systems are various robotic and autonomous ground vehicles, unattended ground sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles. Unmanned systems are are becoming an essential element of these programs, providing real-time intelligence at the various levels. At Eurosatory 2004, several new Merlin (by Sagem), Skylark (RAFAEL), and the Cybereye, Bushmaster and Parasight (Cyberflight), and Aladin, Mikado and BirdEye 500 (IAI). Other models offer vertical take-off and landing capability, they can also maintain a position for an extended period of time over a target area, where continuous watch is required. These systems are particularly suitable for urban warfare, as they can maintain a position over a target, street or in front of a window, to provide valuable intelligence from such scenes. Among the systems on display here were the US M-65/85 (TAG) FanCopter (EMT), and Odin (Sagem) and HoverEye, dveloped by Bertin. Much larger systems, are also under development, including ’s and the Bell Tilt-Rotor XV-15.s were unveiled, especially smaller systems designed for dismounted low-echelon operations. Among the new systems displayed here were the
Among the unattended ground sensors seen on display were the Terrain Commander (Textron), which can also be associated with a weaponized Spider weapon system, and various autonomous robots, from the IAI Guardium and Robowatch’s OFRO, through the combat proven PackBot (iRobot), IQBOT (Qinetiq)to the futuristic unmanned vehicles considered within the French BOA program. An interesting new idea was an autonomous sensor / load carrier, Vipere, presented as part of the Thales future systems display.