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.
The French Delegation for Armaments (DGA) has qualified the command post vehicle (EPC) variant of the GRIFFON vehicle, destined to equip the Scorpion regiments in the French and Belgian Armies. The SCORPION program calls for the delivery of 333 EPCs, half of which will be delivered by 2025. The arrival of the GRIFFON EPC is complementary to the GRIFFON VTT Félin, with the goal of projecting a joint battle group (GTIA) into a foreign theatre of operations by 2021.