"Last week something remarkable happened at the Ground Arm Headquarters. The 7th Armored Brigade began to train with advanced ground robotics capabilities," Maj. Gen. (res.) Eyal Ben Reuven revealed at the International Ground Forces Conference. Ben Rubin served as f IAI's Chief Land Coordinator until his election to Israel's Knesset, and he serves as deputy chief commander of the northern corps in reserve duty.
"Also in next battles we will witness tanks, infantry and aircraft. However, ground robotics will be an important element in the future. The IDF and the decision-makers need to change their angle in the context of ground maneuver. In recent years, the IDF stopped maneuvering. Since the Second Lebanon War, the IDF have not maneuvered. Robotics enables decision makers to give the IDF more leeway.
"We need to develop an operational concept for land robotics in the IDF land arm. Some of the capabilities are already in the field, but the operational concept hasn't been formed. This is already happening today and there are activities on the subject in the land arm. The ground robotics parallels the development of the UAV world in the Air Force. This is a similar process. So as the world of precision munitions.
"At this stage, robotics will not replace the human factor. We are not eliminating infantry brigades yet. We consider robotics as supporting the armed forces. Robotics will change the infantry's combat doctrine. It should lead to saving lives. Regarding manpower savings - it seem a bit far.
"I do not expect to see battalions of military robots within a year. It will take time. An example scenario could be using a robotic force for a breakthrough. Its job will be to open a corridor for the primary forces. It is possible, and those are the scenarios to think about in the next war. "