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8 octobre 2015 4 08 /10 /octobre /2015 16:40
Exercices autour du robot Platform-M.

Exercices autour du robot Platform-M.

 

08.10.2015 par Edouard Pfimlin - La guerre des robots

 

"Les autorités russes viennent d’annoncer très officiellement que l’unité de robots de combat Platform-M a été intégrée pour la toute première fois à un dispositif opérationnel déployé à l’occasion d’une campagne d’exercices militaires", rapporte le site Diploweb, dans un article écrit par Thierry Berthier, Maître de conférences à l’Université de Limoges, qui effectue ses recherches au sein de la Chaire de Cybersécurité & Cyberdéfense Saint-Cyr – Thales.

Ce robot composé d’une plateforme à chenilles téléguidée lourde de 800 kilos et dotée d’une mitrailleuse, de lance-grenades et de missiles anti-char et qui est capable de se déplacer à une vitesse de 12 kilomètres par heure, a été dévoilé au public russe à l'été 2015.

"Cette unité composée exclusivement de robots a participé à l’ensemble des exercices qui ont eu lieu mi-juin 2015 dans la région de Kaliningrad (enclave russe en Europe de l'Ouest) et a donné entière satisfaction," explique Thierry Berthier. "Platform-M est une plate-forme robotisée "télécommandée » de combat dédiée au renseignement, à la détection et à la neutralisation de cibles fixes et mobiles (...) Cette dernière campagne russe a permis de mesurer l’efficacité réelle d’un groupe de combat robotisé engagé aux côtés de forces russes conventionnelles."

 

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4 juin 2015 4 04 /06 /juin /2015 07:45
A Pathfinder UGV

A Pathfinder UGV

 

01 June 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

B-Cat Military has finished development testing of its one hundred per cent South African designed and built Pathfinder unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is being offered to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

 

The civil version of the B-Cat has been around for a number of years and started out as an unmanned mining vehicle for exploring blasting areas. Roughly two years ago B-Cat Military began development of a version for defence and security applications, which is available for a variety of missions such as anti-poaching, reconnaissance, perimeter surveillance, riot control intelligence gathering, forward deployment etc.

 

The company’s Pieter le Roux told defenceWeb that development has concluded and the vehicle is ready for production. The Pathfinder recently test-fired its 12.7 mm Rogue remote control weapons cluster supplied by Reutech, and was demonstrated to the SANDF, which has expressed a lot of interest in the type. The SANDF has bought into the remote controlled and unmanned idea, according to le Roux.

 

Le Roux said the vehicle would initially be marketed locally, targeting entities like the police (which could use it as a non-lethal crowd control tool), security services and the military before moving into the rest of Africa, as the Pathfinder is “an African machine for the African theatre of war.”

 

B-Cat Military said the Pathfinder is designed to operate in complex urban environments. “The Pathfinder UGV operates in close support to dismounted soldiers to also provide a forward fire suppression platform with an added additional payload carrying capacity. Some of the possible payloads include ammunition, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), weapons, supplies, medical equipment etc.”

 

For base protection duties, the Pathfinder could be used to investigate intruder alarms, function as a mobile remotely operated radar and night vision or thermal imaging platform and could engage intruders with weapons.

 

In the support role, B-Cat Military said that the Pathfinder can be used by dismounted infantry sections to detect and destroy improvised explosive devices (IEDs), function as an ambush early warning system, gather intelligence, provide missile/small arms fire protection and provide communications support.

 

The Pathfinder can be fitted with limited mine protection and mine detection technology.

 

One of the envisioned roles for the Pathfinder is medical evacuation of injured soldiers out of combat zones, the replenishment of medical supplies to forward lines and protection for injured and medical personnel.

 

The six wheeled Pathfinder can be remotely operated at distances of between 400 metres and seven kilometres, terrain and communications systems dependant. The vehicle weights 800 kg without equipment and can carry a 300 kg payload. It is 1.7 metres long, 1.1 metres wide and .8 metres high. Its battery allows for ten hours of operation, but the battery pack can be switched out for continuous operation.

 

Le Roux explained to defenceWeb that the Pathfinder can be made bigger or smaller depending on customer requirements and is very flexible in terms of payload, use, size and weight. For instance, it could be used for firefighting or carry stretchers and have customer equipment integrated onto it.

 

The vehicle was displayed at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in September last year with a mast-mounted Reutech radar and day sights, but can be fitted with other sights and equipment. Reutech said it is quite unique on the continent and had generated a lot of interest during AAD 2014. Le Roux said the niche market the Pathfinder is serving could be “quite substantial.”

 

B-Cat Military offers the Pathfinder with a control station and battery packs or can supply it with a transport vehicle, such as a Toyota Land Cruiser or Mercedes Sprinter. This would be fitted with a control station, recharging point and quick offload tray. The Pathfinder can also be aircraft deployed.

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31 mai 2015 7 31 /05 /mai /2015 16:30
Les robots: soldats du futur?

 

31.05.2015 par Tsahal.fr


L’objectif du futur est clair, et il consiste au développement du pilotage automatique. L’introduction de véhicules sans conducteur et robots sur le champs de bataille changera de manière radicale le visage de la guerre urbaine, menant les combats modernes vers des directions inattendues.

 

Ces dernières années, l’élite de Tsahal et du Ministère de la Défense se sont vouées au développement des technologies qui pourraient révolutionner le déroulement des conflits dans le futur. En améliorant et adaptant les technologies utilisées par l’Armée de l’Air et  la Marine, les véhicules sans conducteurs deviendront dans une décennie aussi courant que les drones.

Bien qu’il y ait encore du chemin avant de voir de tels véhicules sur le champ de bataille, le premier véhicule sans pilote de Tsahal a patrouillé le long des frontières ces 6 dernières années. Le modèle de base, le “Guardium”, est principalement utilisé pour l’observation. Son successeur, “Border Protector”, attendu pour cette année (2015), aura la capacité de surveiller les frontières et de délivrer des armes et d’autres équipements aux soldats sur le terrain.

“Border Protector” est construit sur la base d’un véhicule Ford 350 modifié et sera contrôlé à distance. “Il sera capable de charger plus d’équipements que le précédent, comme les armes et le matériel d’observation”, explique le Commandant Lior Trabelsi, Responsable du Bureau des Robotiques au Département des Armes des Forces Terrestres.

En plus des véhicules de patrouille, d’autres véhicules sans chauffeurs seront utilisés dans les années à venir. L’un des véhicules en cours de développement, le “Soldat Robotique-Portable”, assistera les soldats du Corps du Génie Militaire et les fantassins dans les combats souterrain. L’idée de ce robot de petite taille est de remplir des missions à risques, comme les patrouilles et la collecte d’informations pour les combattants sur le terrain. Ceci résoudra beaucoup de problèmes que les soldats subissent lorsqu’ils opèrent en souterrain, comme l’effondrement de mur ainsi que le manque d’oxygène ou de lumière.

 

credits Tsahal

credits Tsahal

Les robots suffisent-ils?

Le but ultime est de développer des véhicules et robots téléguidés capables de prendre indépendamment des décisions basées sur les informations qu’ils traitent. Cela signifie qu’une fois qu’une tâche leur est assignée, ils seront capables de prendre la meilleure décision de manière autonome, basée sur les informations qu’ils collectent. “Nous prenons définitivement une direction dans laquelle les robots autonomes pourront mener une guerre. L’intention est d’augmenter la quantité de robots”, explique le Colonel Yaron Sagiv, Responsable de la Division Technologique dans la Brigade des Technologies des Forces Terrestres.

Le développement de ces technologies est cruciale pour la protection de nos soldats. Ces engins peuvent être utilisés pour patrouiller dans des zones dangereuses ou délivrer l’équipement nécessaire sur le terrain – et apporterons une nouvelle dimension à la façon de faire la guerre au cours de la prochaine décennie.

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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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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:45
Nigerian Air Force to accelerate IED-detonating robot

 

5 August 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The Nigerian Air Force is planning to complete the development of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that can detonate high-calibre improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

 

The speedy completion of the robot has been hampered by a lack of adequate funds.

 

Developed by the Nigerian Airforce Institute of Technology (Nafit), the UGV is claimed to be the first of its type on the African continent.

 

Nafit commandant Toni Adokwe was quoted by the Nigerian Tribune as saying that the robot is expected to enhance the success of security agents in the fight against rebellion.

 

Adokwe said: "When the project is completed, the robot would go a long way in countering activities of terrorist groups, as detonation of bombs will not require the physical presence of a human being at the scene."

 

Nafit developed the Gulma unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) last year, which is being used by the defence headquarters for surveillance and intelligence gathering in crisis-prone regions.

 

Developed in collaboration with Cranfield University's aerospace engineers, the indigenous drone can be modified for aerial imaging/mapping, telecommunications and weather monitoring missions, among others.

 

The Nigerian Air Force has also manufactured Amebo I, II and III UAVs in the last two years for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

 

Adokwe said that the allocation of proper funding would enable Nigeria to attain higher base in military aviation and defence-related technology.

 

Established in 1979, Nafit conducts research and offers postgraduate engineering programmes in aerospace, aeronautical and allied sectors.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 11:20
An Oshkosh unmanned armored vehicle with mine clearance equipment. (Photo: Oshkosh Defense)

An Oshkosh unmanned armored vehicle with mine clearance equipment. (Photo: Oshkosh Defense)



OSHKOSH, Wis., June 16 (UPI)

 

Unmanned ground vehicles by Oshkosh Defense are being put through their paces in Paris this week at Eurosatory 2014 in Paris.

The vehicles, which are navigating a course that simulates military route clearance, as equipped with Terremax, the company' s modular, multi-sensor appliqué kit that can be integrated into new vehicles or retrofitted onto earlier ones.

Vehicles equipped with the TerraMax UGV can easily collaborate with manned vehicles. The company is developing the technology independently as well as in collaboration with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

The demonstrations in Paris are taking place through Friday. The U.S. military recently conducted evaluations of UGV convoys in the United States.

"Vehicles equipped with TerraMax UGV can be used in concert with manned vehicles for a spectrum of operations including logistics convoys, route clearance and counter-IED missions, airfield construction and support, and more," said Urias. "This technology allows vehicles to operate for extended periods of time through challenging terrain, dust, darkness, rain, snow and other adverse conditions without the fatigue or loss of awareness that can afflict human operators."

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3 juin 2014 2 03 /06 /juin /2014 14:55
Le robot terrestre polyvalent (UGV) ROBBOX de Sera Ingénierie - Eurosatory 2014

 

soiurce Sera Ingénierie

Sera ingénierie présentera le robot terrestre polyvalent (UGV) ROBBOX sur le salon EUROSATORY du 16 au 20 juin prochain

Visible sur trois stands :


- Ministère de la défense Stand Hall 5 F277 - ROBBOX sous forme de maquette 1/5ème

- NEXTER stand EXT P3sud A530 - ROBBOX en version MULE de section (Accès au stand uniquement sur invitation - Nous consulter si vous souhaitez nous rencontrer sur ce stand autour de cette application de ROBBOX)

- MBDA stand EXT Pe6a D550 - ROBBOX équipé d'un équipement de veille aérienne

ROBBOX a vocation d'être un robot militaire mais aussi très largement déclinable dans des configurations pour des missions civiles

ROBBOX Evasan

ROBBOX Evasan

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16 mars 2014 7 16 /03 /mars /2014 08:35
U.S. Marines Experimenting With Unmanned Ground Vehicles – UGVs Could Be Headed To Afghanistan

The Mobile Detection Assessment Response System surveys the area around the expeditionary airfield at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Feb. 6. (Cpl. D.J. Wu / Marine Corps)

 

March 9, 2014. David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

The Marine Corps Times is reporting that the Corps is experimenting with a new unmanned ground vehicle that can patrol installations and detect intruders or potential enemy forces nearly a mile away.

 

More from the Marine Corps Times:

 

The Mobile Detection Assessment Response System, or MDARS, was used in late January to successfully secure an air base during the latest Integrated Training Exercise — the final predeployment workup all units conduct at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. The vehicle could be headed to Afghanistan, according to its developers, although concrete plans have not been made.

 

A field demonstration of MDARS began Jan. 30 at the combat center’s Camp Wilson. The vehicle successfully aided members of Marine Aircraft Group 13 and Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 to patrol the area immediately surrounding their airfield as a mock enemy force tried to probe their defenses.

 

During the first night, the vehicle was autonomously navigating around the base — by heading to predetermined waypoints — when guards in one tower detected two potential enemy soldiers, said Pat Culliton, the MDARS program manager with San Diego-based Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

 

“We were operating between two towers and one of the towers reported some activity,” Culliton said. “From the operator control station you just click a button and say go there.”

 

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 17:55
Nexter Robotics NERVA® LG UGV

12 déc. 2013 Nexter Group

 

The NERVA® LG robot helps soldiers maintain their full operational capacity by enabling them to project their sensory capabilities during the critical phases of reconnaissance and counter-IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) missions.

Designed and manufactured by Nexter, NERVA® LG is a natural complement for frontline vehicles and dismounted soldiers.

NERVA® LG is equipped with remote operational assistance functions, making it a robust solution that can quickly adapt to rapidly-changing operational environments while offering simplified use in high-stress situations.

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6 mars 2014 4 06 /03 /mars /2014 08:30
Armed On the Ground

 

 

30/1/2014 Ami Rojkes Dombe - israeldefense.com

 

Unmanned Ground Vehicles fitted with Remotely Controlled Weapon Stations are a part of the future battlefield. “Our goal is to adapt the stations to a wide range of UGV types,” says Yizhar S., in charge of land systems marketing at Rafael

 

Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) on the battlefield are an established fact. If, until a few years ago, anyone doubted the feasibility of this technology, he should look to the Order of Battle of the US Army to understand the global trend – in 2004 the US Army had about 150 UGVs, and today their ORBAT consists of tens of thousands. For the Israeli industries, it is a developing global market. According to various forecasts, it is expected to reach a turnover of about $12 billion by 2019.

One of the derivatives of this market consists of ‘shooter’ UGVs. Admittedly, this is a problematic technology, to say the least, in terms of ethics and safety, but as far as operational aspects are concerned, a UGV fitted with a Remotely Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) is the ‘Silver Bullet’ in the eyes of many. The ability, on the one hand, to initiate offensive action, including fire, while on the other minimizing the risk to human life to zero, is attractive not only to field commanders and warfighters, but also to the politicians, who identify in this technology a breakthrough political tool.

“The development of weapon stations for UGVs is one of the objectives of Rafael’s business strategy,” says Yizhar S., in charge of land systems marketing at Rafael. “Over the last few years we gained extensive experience in this field, from a layout of stationary weapon stations on towers, which includes between four and six weapon stations controlled from a distance of several kilometers through optical fibers, to weapon stations fitted to such unmanned vehicles as the Protector USV.

“As the development processes for the sea and land theaters take place at Rafael under the same division, the knowledge we gained through the development of the Protector USV is used in the development of ground vehicles as well. Admittedly, there is a difference between the environments and the conditions under which the vehicles are operated, but as far as the aspects of steering, safety and control are concerned, both environments are similar. On land it is a little more difficult to steer the vehicle, owing to the changing terrain conditions, but we have already found solutions for these challenges.

“One should bear in mind that this technology precedes most of the world in this field. We are currently participating in one of the world’s first projects involving the mounting of a weapon station on a UGV used by IDF. In the context of this project, we examine the feasibility of arming several vehicles, commanded remotely using cameras and other sensors. It is another phase in the development of the technology, pursuant to the last five years during which the IDF have been employing stationary Sentry-Tech weapon stations.”

 

Adapting Weapon Stations to UGVs of Various Sizes

Another challenge Rafael is addressing calls for the dimensions of the weapon stations to be reduced so that they may fit UGVs of various sizes. “Our weapon stations are basically suitable for standard vehicles,” explains S. “For small UGVs whose load carrying capacity is limited – and most of them belong in this category – the weapon stations need to be smaller. We have an idea for the development of a station for small firearms such as a handgun, but it will be a relatively long development process. Once completed, Rafael will have a diversified range of weapon stations in various sizes, which would provide solutions for a diversified range of ground platforms at different price levels.

“As far as the technological aspect is concerned, Rafael’s advantage stems from the ability to control the weapon station and from its safety standards. We are world leaders in this field, mainly owing to the requirements of the IDF, which are a highly advanced military regarding the field of weapon stations, compared to other armed forces. Even the Americans do not rush to adopt such stations owing to the safety issue. We have passed the safety tests of the IDF for the sea environment as well as for the land environment. All that remains are technological challenges with which we would be able to cope.”

The technological complexity notwithstanding, there is still no structured regulation around the world for the field of shooter UGVs. He explains that in Europe and the US they seldom address this issue owing to the safety aspects. Asia and South America are still untapped markets for this field, so at this point there is not a lot of demand for these vehicles.

“This technology will remain the domain of very few countries in the future as well,” says Yizhar S. “The target audience for these vehicles will be relatively limited, owing to safety considerations. At the same time, as long as there is demand in the IDF, we will continue to develop this field. In the world of HLS it is not likely that shooter UGVs will enter service with police forces and we would see them on city streets. In the end, what you have here is an unmanned, armed vehicle that you want to deploy in an urban environment teeming with people. There is still a lot of apprehension around this issue.”

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27 janvier 2014 1 27 /01 /janvier /2014 13:20
Husky A200 UGV - Clearpath Robotics

Husky A200 UGV - Clearpath Robotics

 

27 January 2014 army-technology.com

 

The University of Coimbra's (UC) Institute of Systems and Robotics researchers are developing a new robotic platform for life-threatening humanitarian demining missions.

 

The system is being developed under the Partnerbot Grant Program, which is being sponsored by the Canadian robotics maker, Clearpath Robotics, through supply of its Husky A200 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) as the mobile robotic base.

 

University of Coimbra senior lecturer and academic liaison for the project, Lino Marques, said the minesweeping is an extremely dangerous and time-intensive process.

 

''Robots do not get tired, they can be extremely thorough performing their jobs and their cost is infinitely smaller than that of a human life. For these reasons, robots are a perfect solution for the minesweeping problem,'' Marques said.

 

Clearpath Robotics CEO, Matt Rendall, said: ''Clearpath Robotics was originally founded with a focus to clear landmines using a swarm of small mobile robots - that's how we got our name - so it's very exciting for us to work with the University of Coimbra to advance this incredibly noble research.''

 

Designed with open source software using the robot operating system (ROS), the mobile robotic base features navigation and localisation sensors, ground penetration radar, as well as a custom robotic arm with an attached metal detector.

 

Specifically, the robot has been developed to accomplish three key tasks, to see terrain characteristics, navigate across the terrain and also detect and localise landmines.

 

Even though the first round of field tests was interrupted due to issues with the custom robotic arm in 2013, the company is hoping to make adjustments and conduct a second round of field tests in mid-2014.

 

The Husky A200 is a rugged, all-terrain robotic platform designed for robotics, mechatronics and automation applications.

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21 janvier 2014 2 21 /01 /janvier /2014 08:20
US Army Studying Replacing Thousands of Grunts with Robots

A US soldier drops an unmanned ground vehicle over a wall during an exercise at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in 2010. (US Army)

 

Jan. 20, 2014 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The postwar, sequestration-era US Army is working on becoming “a smaller, more lethal, deployable and agile force,” according to Gen. Robert Cone, head of the service’s Training and Doctrine Command.

 

But just how much smaller might come as a surprise.

 

During remarks at the Army Aviation Symposium in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 15, Cone quietly dropped a bomb. The Army, he said, is considering the feasibility of shrinking the size of the brigade combat team from about 4,000 soldiers to 3,000 over the coming years, and replacing the lost soldiers with robots and unmanned platforms.

 

“I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force,” he said, adding that he also has “clear guidance to rethink” the size of the nine-man infantry squad.

 

He mentioned using unmanned ground vehicles that would follow manned platforms, which would require less armor and protection, thereby reducing the weight of a brigade combat team.

 

Over the past 12 years of war, “in favor of force protection we’ve sacrificed a lot of things,” he said. “I think we’ve also lost a lot in lethality.” And the Army wants that maneuverability, deployability and firepower back.

 

The Army is already on a path to shrink from 540,000 soldiers to about 490,000 by the end of 2015, and will likely slide further to 420,000 by 2019, according to reports.

 

Cone said his staff is putting together an advisory panel to look at those issues, including fielding a smaller brigade.

 

“Don’t you think 3,000 people is probably enough probably to get by” with increased technological capabilities, he asked.

 

It’s hard to see such a radical change to the makeup of the brigage combat team as anything else than a budget move, borne out of the necessity of cutting the personnel costs that eat up almost half of the service’s total budget.

 

Cone used the Navy as an example of what the Army is trying to do.

 

“When you see the success, frankly, that the Navy has had in terms of lowering the numbers of people on ships, are there functions in the brigade that we could automate — robots or manned/unmanned teaming — and lower the number of people that are involved given the fact that people are our major cost,” he said.

 

Some of Cone’s blue-sky thinking was echoed by Lt. Gen. Keith Walker in a Jan. 6 interview with Defense News.

 

In what Walker called the “deep future” — about the 2030 to 2040 time frame — he said that “we’ll need to fundamentally change the nature of the force, and that would require a breakthrough in science and technology.”

 

While Walker, the commander of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, which oversees much of the Army’s modernization and doctrinal changes, didn’t talk about replacing soldiers with robots, he did say the Army wants to revamp its “tooth-to-tail” ratio, or the number of soldiers performing support functions versus those who actually pull triggers.

 

“Right now our force is roughly two-third tooth and one-third tail, so as we decrease the size of the Army you may end up reducing one-third tooth and two-third tail, but what if you could slide that fulcrum? Maybe it’s one-half to one-half. The point is you get to keep more tooth, more folks that actually conduct operations on the ground and less supporting structure.”

 

The Army is already heading down that path in the structure of its brigade combat teams, announcing last year that it was adding a third maneuver battalion to each brigade, along with engineering and fires capabilities. It is adding more punch to its brigade combat teams while reducing the number of teams it fields from 45 to 33 by the end of fiscal 2017, while transferring some of those soldiers to the existing brigades.

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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 16:30
Two Guardium unmanned ground vehicles (IDF photo)

Two Guardium unmanned ground vehicles (IDF photo)

10.06.2013 IDF - army-guide.com

 

Head of robotics development: IDF uses robotic technology “to strengthen our forces’ operational capability and to facilitate the IDF’s ground superiority”.

 

Senior officers of the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT) were among the participants and speakers in a conference on robotics and its potential for military use held at Tel Aviv University this week.

 

In a session dealing with the use of robotics for security and military purposes, Lt. Col. Gabi, head of MAFAT’s Robotics Division, delivered a general survey of ground robotics in the IDF.

 

“Our systems operate in coordination with existing weapons systems, so as to strengthen our forces’ operational capability and to facilitate the IDF’s ground superiority,” he stated.

 

Lt. Col. Gabi's lecture focused largely on the IDF's use of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). “These tools travel on a complex network of predetermined roads, and 90 percent of the time, that happens without the intervention of their operators,” he said.

 

Currently, the IDF uses UGVs – including the Israeli-developed Guardium – primarily within the Southern Command. UGVs are also used as observation tools along the Judea and Samaria security fence.

 

Reducing danger for soldiers

 

In addition to its UGVs, the IDF uses robots to identify and neutralize explosives. These robots utilize advanced capabilities – such as three-dimensional mapping in real time, identifying barriers and planning routes – so as to minimize the involvement of the operators and allow them to focus on other tasks.

 

“These actions are performed to allow for the opening of roads for the free and safe movement of military forces,” Lt. Col. Gabi explained.

 

Lt. Col. Gabi discussed various combat scenarios in which robots and UGVs can assist ground forces. “One of the [necessary tasks], for instance, is the clearing of roads from threats or explosives, and it makes perfect sense for this to be done as much as possible by unmanned systems,” he explained. “The UGVs can observe from closer and more dangerous points and draw fire toward themselves tactically.”

 

In urban combat scenarios, he noted, robotic technology can play a particularly important role in keeping soldiers safe. “The robots sometimes go in front of the forces, open challenging roads such as narrow alleys and assist logistically. A robot can help lighten a soldier’s burden, so that if the soldier is confronted with a battle, he or she can respond appropriately,” Lt. Col. Gabi stated.

 

He added that he IDF hopes to further upgrade such technology, with plans to begin using a new computerized system that will generate an approximate route for a UGV. The precise route, however, will be determined by the UGV itself.

 

“The [UGV] will be equipped with obstacle detection sensors, cameras and other tools, and it will be able to identify the barriers by itself and circumvent them,” he explained.

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MOSCOU, 4 juin - RIA Novosti

 

Donner à des robots un travail dangereux pour l'homme est complètement normal. Les plus grandes puissances militaires travaillent déjà dans ce sens et la Russie ne devrait pas prendre de retard, écrit mardi le quotidien Vedomosti du 4 juin 2013.

 

Le ministre de la Défense russe Sergueï Choïgou a reconnu hier que les appareils de combat robotisés russes étaient pour l'instant en retard par rapport à leurs concurrents étrangers. La conception de robots de combat est prévue par le programme de défense 2011-2020 mais les délais sont constamment retardés et la qualité de la production se réduit en raison du retard technologique des entreprises, une mauvaise organisation de travail sur les contrats d'Etat et le manque de personnel qualifié.

 

L'an dernier le vice-premier ministre de la Défense Dmitri Rogozine évoquait également la nécessité de créer une intelligence artificielle pour remplacer le matériel militaire piloté et appelait à "ne pas craindre des tâches fantastiques". Cette année Rogozine a déjà annoncé la conception de robots qui auraient pour mission d'évacuer des blessés du lieu d'un attentat et de neutraliser les terroristes.

 

Les militaires sont enthousiastes et considèrent que les robots de combat sont l'avenir de l'armée.

 

Rogozine est préoccupé par les intérêts de l'industrie de l'armement et Choïgou par ceux de l'armée. Aujourd'hui pourtant le conflit entre l'armée et l'industrie de l'armement, comme à l'époque d'Anatoli Serdioukov, s'est éteint. Mais les risques existent tout de même : par exemple, Rogozine et Choïgou créent tous les deux des concepts militaires novateurs que la presse compare à l'agence américaine Darpa.

 

Les robots sont un nouveau "sujet" qui peut être vendu au gouvernement en échange d'une part de budget. Et il est très important de savoir si l'argent versé financera une magnifique utopie ou un quotidien triste mais nécessaire. L'industrie de l'armement russe a encore beaucoup de retard sur les meilleurs concepteurs de drones ou d'appareils robotisés terrestres et sous-marins. Chaque pays connaît des lenteurs dans certains secteurs mais la Russie est également en retard sur les Etats-Unis dans le développement d'un système commun de gestion des troupes reliant toutes les unités tactiques entre elles.

 

Cependant, la lenteur de l'industrie russe pourrait être bénéfique dans un certain sens : au moins, la Russie ne créera pas SkyNet et ne sera pas responsable du soulèvement des machines.

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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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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
Northrop Grumman Launches CUTLASS, Next Generation Unmanned Ground Vehicle

19.04.2013 Northrop Grumman - army-guide.com

 

LONDON, -- Northrop Grumman Corporation has launched CUTLASS, its latest generation unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), expanding its range of industry-leading capabilities in unmanned systems for the remote handling and surveillance of hazardous threats.

 

CUTLASS has been designed, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman in the U.K., and includes significant advances in technology and performance and a range of features that provides state-of-the-art capabilities for national security and resilience applications.

 

"Our CUTLASS vehicle is setting new standards in the UGV market and significantly enhancing the ability of users to handle hazardous threats safely. It is more dexterous, cost effective and, as a package, four times faster than any other UGV," said Greg Roberts, managing director, defence and security, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Europe. "The vehicle is already in service across the U.K. and has proven itself to be robust and capable in the most demanding environments. We look forward to exploiting the potential opportunities for exporting this capability into international markets."

 

CUTLASS will be on display in Northrop Grumman's exhibit at the Counter Terror Expo, where it will also show its range of capabilities in daily live scenario-based demonstrations. The international exhibition and conference Counter Terror Expo takes place at the National Hall, Olympia, London, April 24-25.

 

CUTLASS offers the latest technology in a modular design, enabling the user to deal safely with the full range of hazardous threats from a distance, including the detection and disposal of explosive ordnance. Its highly versatile design means that it is capable of accommodating a wide range of payloads, sensors and tools. It carries all of the tools and sensors it needs to perform the full range of operations required for explosive ordnance disposal and other applications, avoiding the need to deploy two standard UGVs. CUTLASS saves up to 50 percent on the through-life costs when compared to owning and operating two standard UGVs.

 

The manipulator arm is equipped with a three-fingered, state-of-the-art gripper and has nine degrees of freedom for greater movement and agility inside limited spaces. With a specialised sensing system it provides a high level of control and dexterity to minimize damage to property and preserve forensic evidence.

 

Using CUTLASS, a hazardous situation can be restored to normal up to four times more quickly than with any other UGV. The combination of the speed of the wheeled platform, which can reach speeds of up to 12 kph, and the ability of CUTLASS to carry multiple tools and sensors negates the need to return to the incident control point, thus saving considerable time. The robot is able to creep along at deliberately slow speeds for delicate operations and may accelerate to high speeds to enable rapid travel. The six-wheeled design offers mobility on all types of hard and soft terrain and in all weather conditions.

 

Northrop Grumman's unmanned ground vehicle business has been established in Coventry, U.K., for more than 20 years. Today, the company designs, develops and manufactures in the U.K. some of the most capable and reliable unmanned ground vehicles available, from the Wheelbarrow bomb disposal robot to the latest vehicle, CUTLASS.

 

Northrop Grumman has more than 2,000 unmanned ground vehicle systems in operation around the world.

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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