IAI Develops Hybrid Ground-Air Robotic System

The system’s main components include the RoBattle UGV, the BirdEye 650D RPA, an array of dedicated payloads and sensors embedded in the platforms, and an advanced command and control center

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a hybrid robotic system for border patrol, reconnaissance and surveillance defense system, which combines land and aerial capabilities.

The system’s design is based on the RoBattle UGV and the BirdEye 650D RPA. The collaboration between the systems provides an end-to-end solution, supporting continuous work at complex areas with Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) conditions were each of the platforms can be used as a communication repeater to the other, and providing accurate target acquisition using the different domain payloads.

The system supports a variety of missions including ambushes, intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance, target detection, and remote threat neutralization. The system’s main components include the RoBattle ground robotic platform, the BirdEye 650D RPA, an array of dedicated payloads and sensors embedded in the platforms and offering remotely controlled lethal capabilities, and an advanced command and control center that can be located far from the arena, hence posing no threat to human life.

RoBattle is an operational, all-terrain robotic vehicle with advanced maneuverability. The vehicle, designed to handle difficult missions under tough conditions quickly and efficiently, combines an advanced autonomous system that lets it orient itself accurately in the field with real-time 3D mapping and decision support systems. The RoBattle drives autonomously between the points of interest and in random order and triggers its various dedicated payloads (observation, detection, and lethality). In addition, it sends real-time video on demand, targets, and discoveries to the command and control center as generates alerts on any irregularities.

The BirdEye 650D is a small, tactical remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA), which belongs to the family of Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (STUAS). It is suitable for a range of missions, including intelligence collection, surveillance, and reconnaissance at a range of up to 150 km. The RPA enables continuous communication between the RoBattle and the command post as well as superior real-time intelligence during day and night. Being completely automatic and autonomous aerial vehicle with low noise and visual signature, it is very difficult to detect.

“IAI is the home of many diversified systems, all of which offer the best of advanced technology,” said Shaul Shahar, EVP and General Manager of IAI's Military Aircraft Group. “We combine these systems into innovative solutions customized to the customer needs and the arena challenges. The RoBattle and BirdEye 650D integration is another major step forward in unmanned solutions and centric network. The synergy between the different domain platforms allows us to use the advantages of each one of them, and provide respond adequately to the challenges of the future battlefield.”