AUVSI Israel 2012 opened in Tel Aviv today, gathering over 500 participants, 43 exhibitors and an impressive roster of speakers and presenters from across all industry and military branches. Among the highlights of today’s presentations were the head of Directorate of defense Research and Development (DDR&D), RADM Ophir Shoham presenting the roadmap for Israel’s UVS developments, and guest speakers Charles E. Thorpe, from the White House Office of Science and Technology policy, and Maj,. Mark Whittle, from the british Army, that provided the perspectives from the U.S. and U.K.
Members of the IDF land, air and naval forces highlighting the three services priorities and directions. In the exhibit halls, a number of new systems were displayed for the first time, some are depicted in the following photo report. A more detailed review on some of the systems will follow soon.
AeroVironment announced today the receipt of a contract for its new Switchblade 600 loitering missile. The order was received from the Special Operations Command. The allocates $26 million for the delivery of weapons and their integration of the new weapon on specialized maritime platforms operated by US Special Operations Forces. Completion is expected by the end of 2022.