Latrun 2010 – Unmanned Systems on Display

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The IDF is operating several Guardium autonomous border patrol vehicles as part of an operational border security element somewhere in Israel, where the new robot guards part of a hot border line. One of these vehicles was displayed at Latrun, along with its proud human operators/companions. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

This photographic report is the third part of our coverage of the Latrun 2010 land warfare conference and exhibitions. This feature highlights some of the unmanned systems at the show, beginning with the Guardium, which recently entered operational service with the IDF, as part of the border security measures employed along one of the country’s hot border lines. Another new system on display was the Maxi Viper, first covered by Defense Update in August.

The IDF is operating several Guardium autonomous border patrol vehicles as part of an operational border security element somewhere in Israel, where the new robot guards part of a hot border line. One of these vehicles was displayed at Latrun, along with its proud human operators/companions. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
The IDF is exploring robotic applications of UGVs such as the Talon or Maxi Viper from Elbit Systems for sweeping roads in search of IEDs. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
After its first international flight display at the Farnborough Airshow this year, BlueBird Aerosystems' MicroB made its public debut in Israel. This miniature UAV weighs about one kilogram. BlueBird offers three miniature payloads for MicroB - the MicroCam stabilized payload- available in daylight or infrared versions and Glob-i digitally stabilized miniature payload comprising a day camera weighing 240 gram. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

The MicroB, a mini-UAV from Bluebird weighing only one kilogram, was demonstrated in flight – the first time this Micro UAV is performing publicly in Israel. The Skyrider (Skylark I LE) from Elbit Systems was also shown for the first time by the members of the new UAV battalion, established by the IDF Artillery Corps.

The IDF is exploring the use of armed UGVs such as this TAGS, in a variety of combat roles. The vehicle employs an autonomy suit developed by G-Nius and carries a number of payloads supporting counter-IED missions, including flails, ground penetrating radar, high power IED jammer, stabilized EO payload and remotely controlled weapon station. Photo: Noam eshel

The Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) based on the TAGS was already covered by Defense Update. This configuration, originally displayed at Eurosatory this year, shows an array of sensors and mission payloads designed for route clearing. Below – a new heavy trailer developed by Urdan Industries provides an effective solution for the delivery of supplies in areas inaccessible or too dangerous for trucks. Photos: Noam Eshel, defense-Update.

The 8 ton tactical trailer enables heavy mechanized and armor units to deliver supplies over rough terrain, without risking less protected trucks or utility vehicles. Trailers can also support combat engineers by carrying explosives outside the vehicle. Photo: Noam Eshel, defense-Update
HAROP, a loitering weapon based on the radar-killer Harpy platform developed by IAI was selected by a number of foreign counties for its persistent, precision attack capabilities. Photo: Noam Eshel Defense-Update