The Defense Research and Development Directorate (DDR&D) at Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMOD) announced on 7 November that it had completed development of the Sahar unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which detects and clears improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and began the testing phase.
The autonomous system was developed by IAI to carry out operational missions in various arenas, and is one component of the robotic front guard concept.
The system consists of three components. The first consists of a six-ton robot platform capable of maneuvering alongside an armored combat vehicle with or without an operator's intervention.
The second component is technological, including the robotic kit, a system with a variety of means of sensing, smart cameras, laser sensor, scanner and radars. The system can map a known obstacle in advance and through pre-programmed logic, overcome it.
The third component of the robot is the task component: when the device identifies a danger, it transmits a warning report to the forces operating in the field about its exact placement.
Lt. Col. D., Head of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems at IMOD’s DDR&D, explains: "We are developing technologies that prevent risks to the fighters' lives and a range of additional operational capabilities by operating a robotic advance guard that maneuvers ahead of the front line forces and enables daring on the battlefield."