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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 16:30
Weapons of Protective Edge: Unmanned APC


13/8/2014 IsraelDefense


For the first time ever, a remote controlled APC participated in the fighting in Gaza, manufactured by G-NIUS


For the first time ever, a remote controlled, unmanned APC participated in combat during Operation Protective Edge.


Information about the unmanned activity was first published in "Israel Hayom".


The APC delivered four tons of supplies each time it entered the field. Soldiers activated it from a control center outside the border, equipped with a screen that transmitted the image seen from the driver's side of the carrier, and gas and brake pedals.


The APC was presented to IsraelDefense by the CEO of G-NIUS, the company that develops it, at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris two months ago. G-NIUS is a joint company of IAI and Elbit Systems, which also manufactures the first UGV operating in border patrol missions, called "G-NIUS".


The company's CEO, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yoav Hirsch, noted that a line of new development are on the agenda, and in fact it is possible to make all manned vehicles – unmanned.


The APC that took part in the fighting in Gaza is a M-113 APC, called "Zelda" by the soldiers (its official IDF name it "Bardelas"). A similar APC was hit by anti-tank fire during the fighting in Shuja'iyya. Seven soldiers were killed by that fire, and six others were killed during the rescue operation

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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 12:30
Eurosatory 2014 : G-NIUS to Unveil New and Advanced Technologies


 Jun 16, 2014 (SPX)


Nes-Ziona, Israel - G-NIUS will unveil its Hybrid Unmanned Ground Vehicle and its unique robotic suite that enables any vehicle to perform as an unmanned vehicle, at Eurosatory 2014, at the Company's exhibition booth, Israel National Pavilion.


Hybrid Multipurpose Vehicle

The Hybrid Multipurpose Vehicle (HMV) is designed for any unmanned surveillance, intelligence, defense and homeland security mission, increasing safety and reducing personnel requirements in the field. The HMV includes two motor options: an electric motor that enables high level of maneuverability while remaining undetected due to a noiseless ride or an electronic and diesel motor, allowing the vehicle to travel long distances while charging the electric motor's battery.


Both motor options enable the vehicle to carry loads of up to 1.2 tons. The system has a low thermal signature and an advanced control system, as well as a low profile. The system includes an Elbit Systems stabilized weapon station.


Core Unit Robotic Suite

The unique Core Unit is a small footprint robotic suite that allows any ground transportation platform to become an unmanned vehicle - protecting forces while savings in manpower. The suite includes all the systems necessary for defense, intelligence and surveillance missions: a mission computer, navigation unit, video audio system and power distribution unit.


It has a day/night uncooled thermal camera, rear and side cameras and a communication system. It can optionally include an obstacle avoidance system and an optical surveillance sensor, as well as any other sensors, tailored to suit the customer's requirements. Easy to install and cost-effective, the system is immune to extreme temperatures.


G-NIUS CEO, Yoav Hirsch, commented: "We are pleased to launch two new unmanned vehicles solutions for the protection of armed forces. The solutions are suitable for any mission and include capabilities that have been accumulated in more than seven years of operational activities, equivalent to 60,000 man-hours. The Hybrid Multipurpose Vehicle and the Robotic Suite are force multipliers to any UGV platform, and we are witnessing interest in these solutions by various organizations around the world".

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27 mai 2013 1 27 /05 /mai /2013 07:30
 Guardium - (IDF photo)

Guardium - (IDF photo)

23/5/2013 IsraelDefense


The Israeli Ministry of Defense presents robotic systems in the field of unmanned land vehicles for the first time, some already operational and in IDF service, and some currently undergoing various tests


The Israeli Ministry of Defense's Administration for R&D of weapons and technological infrastructure (MAFAT) has invested considerably in the development of land robotic tools throughout the past decade for the purpose of increasing operational efficiency, expanding the operational capabilities of the IDF Ground Forces and reducing the risk to infantry units. Now, MAFAT has revealed the next generation of unmanned vehicles expected to revolutionize the battlefield for the first time.


The video released shows a G-Nius unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that has been operational in IDF service for the past four years along the border with the Gaza Strip. The UGV brought a fundamental change in perception with regards to protecting security barriers, and the Israeli defense establishment is expected to expand its use in the following years.


The Guardium (developed with G-Nius) is a prototype for an autonomous UGV for maneuvering missions. Compared to the first generation, which travels along axes that were fed in advance to the system, the Guardium can travel all of the paths marked on a map autonomously, by providing all of the axis systems for a certain area to the vehicle in advance. The operator can point to a specific point on the map, and the vehicle will reach it on its own, while dealing with and bypassing obstacles encountered along the way. The autonomous capability developed on the basis of this vehicle can be implemented in additional platforms. In the future, it will be possible to send autonomous vehicles ahead of any convoy, sent in order to open an axis before any main force.


In addition, the first unmanned APC can be seen in a field test in Israel: an example of the implementation of advanced robotic technologies onboard AFCs for complex operational missions that require navigability. Another is an autonomous robotic tool for engineering missions being developed by Israel Aerospace Industries - an all-terrain vehicle developed to deal with explosive charge arenas. The advanced vehicle integrates autonomous motion capabilities with the autonomous ability to handle explosive charges - exposing charges planted in the ground, digging and bringing them to safe locations.


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