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ELTA Systems Demonstrates Advanced Autonomous Ground Combat Vehicle

Elta Systems recently concluded a successful demonstration of its autonomous Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) to the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and other visiting army dignitaries at the recent CARMEL Programme in northern Israel.

The Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), part of the Israel Ministry of Defence, had initiated the CARMEL Programme as a local program for those who are in search of breakthrough technologies that can be used for current and next-generation GCVs.

The GCV was equipped with a full suite of situational awareness, target acquisition and force protection sensors, ECM (Electronic Counter Measures), weapon stations and autonomous navigation & manoeuvring.

Yoav Tourgeman, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, said, “ELTA has been a provider of force-protection radars and other systems for many years. We have provided standalone solutions and also collaborated with other vendors in providing unique solutions such as the Active Protection System (APS) for vehicles called Trophy. Fusing all the systems with autonomous navigation & manoeuvring kits from our Land Systems Division and Robotics & Autonomous Ground Business Units have proven to be a winning solution and received many accolades from our customers that came to view the demonstration.”

During the demonstration of the GCV, Elta, showcased the ability of the platform wherein two soldiers comfortably sitting inside the vehicle in front of a widescreen and equipped with only small hand control devices, operated it.

Employing ELTA’s autonomous navigation & manoeuvring system, they maneuverer on and off-road over rugged terrain, automatically detecting and classifying hostile targets, and informed the different weapons to react even against multiple targets.

ELTA’s CARMEL solution fuses several operationally proven ELTA products managed by Athena, an autonomous C6I  and combat management system that operates all the sub-systems on the platform using Deep Learning and AI techniques. The sub-systems demonstrated at the event included Advance Sight ELI-3312 (solution for target acquisition and cueing capabilities), StormGuard ELM-2135 (force-protection and target acquisition radar system), Othello ELO-5220 (hostile fire detector), WindGuard ELM-2133 (active protection Phased-Array radar), Remote Control Weapon Station (RCWS), Assault Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) loitering munition, missile interceptors,  other electronic countermeasures and Autonomous navigation & manoeuvring and decision making.

ELTA Systems is a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

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