An Advance Guard of Robots

IDF prepares to conduct the first training exercise where unmanned ground vehicles will be integrated in route clearing operations

A breakthrough in unmanned vehicles? The IDF intends to conduct the first-ever training exercise incorporating the new “advance guard” concept.

According to the new concept, unmanned ground vehicles will be integrated in the operations of the IDF ground elements, mainly in the context of route clearing missions where explosive charges and other obstacles are a primary concern.

MAFAT, the Weapon System & Technological Infrastructure Research & Development Administration at IMOD and the IDF Ground Arm have been leading the new “advance guard” concept. A few years ago, IMOD issued an appeal for proposals, and consequently several Israeli defense industries engaged in the development of relevant systems are currently involved in the project.

The first training exercise incorporating the new “advance guard” concept could focus on an examination of the interoperability between the ground forces and unmanned ground vehicles, in the context of the same mission, on the move. The Israeli defense establishment is preparing to draw lessons from this world-first training exercise.