Preview: Israel’s live robotics display at AUS&R

Israel's latest drones and robots are on display this week at the AUS&R event. Held for the second year, AUS&R has become the showcase of Israel's unmanned systems industry and operators.

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Amstaff 6 robot will perform several demonstration missions, including an amphibious ingress. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

The ERE35 is making its debut at AUS&R 2014. The specially designed quadcopter can lift a payload of one kilogram and stay on a mission for up to 30 minutes. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
The ERE35 is making its debut at AUS&R 2014. The specially designed quadcopter can lift a payload of one kilogram and stay on a mission for up to 30 minutes. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

The international conference of autonomous, unmanned systems and robotics (AUS&R) taking place in Israel this week is Israel’s largest unmanned systems event. Held for the second year, AUS&R has become the showcase of Israel’s unmanned systems industry and operators. This year, the event will provide the world debut for several drones, including the Panther, Mini Panther and Birdeye 400 from IAI, the Skystar aerostat from RT, the ERE-35 quadcopter as well a number EOD/IED robots operated by the Israeli police. Another unique live display will be an innovative, autonomous robot designed to scan and detect subterraean activity while moving through sand. Other robots participating in the display include an amphibious variant of the Amstaff, MD4-1000 quad, and the Andros EOD robot and a robotic target from Projeep, designed to provide realistic training for military forces.

As all sensor feeds will be routed to the event’s video center, the audience will have the opportunity to witness an unprecedented live feed from the drone’s payloads, displayed on outdoor large display.

The exhibition will feature over 40 companies also provide the first public display of the Super heron, IAI’s latest drone, an unmanned surface vessel, emergency recovery measures for UAVs, and more.

IAI's Birdeye 400 micro drone will provide live video feed from its Micro-POP payload. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update
IAI’s Birdeye 400 micro drone will provide live video feed from its Micro-POP payload. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

See the experimental digger robot that can move underground

The presentations at the conference will discuss combat lessons learned from recent military operations, highlighting the role of the IDF Skyrider (Elbit Systems Skylark 1E) in recent combat, preparing air defense to combat drones (following the downing of three drones by Israeli Patriot missiles in recent months). The commander of the IDF Land Forces Command will also address the conference, along with presentations of the IDF robotic roadmap and discussion of new methods of protecting UAVs from EW and cyber threats. Other presentations will cover the use of robotics in subterranean scenarios; more presentations will also be provided representatives of Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Schiebel, IAI, Elbit Systems and more.

The live display and exhibition is open to the public, with registration.

Defense-Update is a media sponsor of AUS&R.

Video: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update

Amstaff 6 robot will perform several demonstration missions, including an amphibious ingress. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update