CARPET – New Mine Breaching System Based on Fuel-Air Explosive (FAE)

Israel's weapon development company Rafael is producing a minefield breaching system called “Carpet”. The system is currently in use by the Israeli Army and will be fielded with the French Army by 2007. The system is a unique implementation of fuel-air explosive technology. It is an autonomous add-on kit that can be quickly fitted in the field to any armored vehicle....

Eight Groups to Research Futuristic Combat Vehicle Technologies for DARPA

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded technology research contracts to eight companies under the agency's Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program, seeking to deliver crew/vehicle survivability through means other than traditional heavy passive armor solutions. DARPA expects these capabilities will be applicable to future ground combat vehicles, improving their combat efficiency and reduce cost. “We’re exploring a...

Special review: Israel’s largest defense technology display at Eurosatory 2014

Israel's participation at the Eurosatory defense exhibition this year was the largest ever. This review covers many of the highlights displayed at the Israel national pavilion organized by SIBAT, Israel's defense export directorate.

Israeli smart multi-sensor counters IEDs

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a advanced Counter IED and Mine Suite (CIMS) designed to protect route clearance and lead elements spearheading combat manoeuvre forces operating in areas challenged by IED and mine.

Russian Military to Test Combat Robots in 2016

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In the next 10 years about 30 percent of the Russian combat power will consist of remotely controlled and robotic platforms. Uran-9, unmanned BMP-3, obstacle breaching and demining flail robot are among the new systems covered here.

IAI Completed a New Route Clearing Robot for Operational Testing

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed the development of an Autonomous IEDs Detection and Neutralization System. The new version utilizes IAI's 6x6 Robattle platform, a rugged platform specially designed for robotic missions. The robot will soon be transferred to a customer for operational trials, testing, and evaluation.

IAI Develops an Advanced Counter-Mine & IED UGV

  Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Ramta's Division is developing an unmanned ground penetrating radar sensor designed to detect deep buried and surface-laid mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The system designated Mines and IED Detection System (MIDS) has completed the last phase of engineering testing and have begun building a technology demonstrator. The demonstrator is slated to be ready for...

New LIDAR for the TALON

QinetiQ North America is unveiling at AUSA a new version of its TALON counter IED robot. The TALON V is designed to be stronger, more versatile and interoperable with third party components that gives the soldier more flexibility and options to carry out the mission at hand.

Trojan & Titan – Combat Engineering Vehicles

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) unveiled in November 2006two of the new combat engineering armored vehicles destined for service with the British Army. 33 Trojan counter-obstacle vehicles and 33 Titan bridge-layers are being produced under a £250 million contract with BAE Systems Land Systems. The Army plans to operate 66 of these vehicles with its combat engineering regiments. All...

BAE Systems to Modernize Bradley Vehicles through $47 Million Contract

BAE Systems recently received a $47 million contract modification to modernize 95 M2/M3 Bradley armored vehicles, through the reset process - replacing old and damaged components with updated equipment and technology. “As the mission and combat environments for our soldiers are changing, we are working to provide a modernized Bradley Fighting Vehicle that continues to perform at an optimal...

Eurosatory 2014 – First Impressions

Some of the highlights from the dynamic demonstration held today at Eurosatory 2014 included the Infotron IT 180 unmanned rotorcraft deploying a Cobra Mk2 UGV, both unmanned vehicles are provided by the French robotics company ECA Robotics. The Thales Group displayed the Hawkei Light Protected Mobility Vehicle. Renault Defense Trucks demonstrated a number of vehicles, including the 20 ton VAB Mk III 6x6 armoured personnel carrier offering NATO Level 4 protection, anti-blast and IED protection. anti-blast and IED protection. Another vehicle from Renault is ALTV, a lightweight 4x4 platform developed by ACMAT; Terramax autonomous vehicle from Oshkosh based on an M-ATV and the VERA robotic kit installed on an EAGLE IV armored vehicle from GDELS.

Remotely Controlled Flail Assists Counter-IED, Demining Missions

MV4 flail robot demonstrates the destruction of UXO
The US Army has been using the M160 remotely controlled flail robot built by the Croatian company DOK-ING in Afghanistan for route clearance missions.

Innovative robotic systems supporting Marines during warfighting experiment in Hawaii

Earlier in July 2014 the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) has tested two new robotic systems during the Advanced Warfighting Experiment which took place as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise in Hawaii. The systems included the the LS3 Legged Squad Support System and GUSS - Ground Unmanned Support System.

Special Vehicles for Different Missions?

"Vehicle Armoring – MRAP and Beyond" < Page 2 of 8 > By the early 2000s, a new class of 'mine protected vehicles' was introduced in the US, and slowly fielded to support combat in most high-risk deadly missions of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) units. Initially, mine protected vehicles such as the Buffalo, built by Force protection inc. were supplied to...

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