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 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 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 U.S. production facility will provide Israel the ability to finance the acquisition of Iron Dome batteries, and Tamir missile interceptor reloads with U.S. military support. Apart from protecting troops and bases, Iron Dome will be able to protect long-range defense systems such as the THAAD, which could be vulnerable to unconventional threats such as short-range missiles, cruise missiles and drones.