Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled the REX MK II, the newest unmanned land platform, intended to keep troops out of harms way in complex circumstances, at the DSEI exhibition in London.
The REX MK II, already sold to customers worldwide, is an unmanned land vehicle adapted to a range of ground missions with advanced manoeuvrability and ability to carry a load of 1.3 tons.
The new hybrid electric platform, all-wheel drive, supports combat forces in gathering intelligence, providing logistical support, and helps execute remote attacks. The vehicle is land-based, autonomous with command-and-control capabilities, or by a single operator through wireless communication.
The multi-mission REX MK II is intended to support infantry ground forces in various stages of fighting. This includes providing logistical assistance to troops by carrying munition supplies, critical medical equipment, water, and food, as well as evacuating injured personnel on stretchers. The system can also gather intelligence through a situation-awareness-system that incorporates electro-optical sensors and radar.
Zvika Yarom, GM Land Division, IAI commented; “The need to support ground forces in the field to carry out various missions while minimizing threats to soldiers’ lives is at the heart of our values here at Israel Aerospace Industries. This system is based on harnessing our decades long experience with UAVs, to implement in the world of land vehicles. IAI’s unmanned land platforms are in use operating along Israel’s borders and in different fighting units as well as in other locations around the world.”
The new REX MK II joins other operational unmanned platforms developed by IAI including:
• The Jaguar, an unmanned land platform for defending borders, gathering intelligence and carrying out attacks
• The RobARC, an operational unmanned platform for uncovering and destroying ground level and subterranean explosive devices
• The Robattle – a robotic operational land platform with high manoeuvrability, carrying out complex missions in difficult conditions, quickly and safely
• The RobDozer – an unmanned bulldozer intended to carry out complex military engineering in danger zones.
IAI’s Land Division concept is built on three principles: 1. situational awareness, 2. Survivability, and 3. lethality. With the use of advanced technologies, systems can recognize threats, employ active and passive defence measures, and supports the “sensor-to-shooter loops” in real time and in an autonomous manner (pressing the trigger by a soldier).
IAI’s ELTA group, Israel’s radar and intelligence house, is developing groundbreaking strategic systems such as mission aircraft, national cyber arrays, unmanned and robotic land platforms, UAV defence, homeland security systems and more.