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AUSA 2018: IAI Completes Development of Autonomous IED Defeat System

System Will Now Undergo Operational Evaluation and Trials

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed development of an autonomous improvised explosive device (IED) detection system. The robotic engineering scout is installed on a robotic platform made by IAI, and integrates multiple sensors for detecting IEDs in complex areas, engaging and removing them as necessary using the installed blade. System operation is conducted autonomously, without danger to human life. The system is scheduled to be transferred to a trial and evaluation process.

The system is part of the SAHAR family, which includes a number of platforms that have explosive detection and route clearing capabilities. Each system is adapted to specific customer needs and includes the robotic platform, the control system and the relevant detection payloads. The system can operate in any terrain and combines a number of different payloads for detection of explosive devices on and under the surface, as well as engineering capabilities for neutralising them.

The completion of the development of the autonomous IED detection system of the SAHAR family and its delivery to operational trials is another significant quantum leap in the field of unmanned vehicles. Israel Aerospace Industries is operating intensively and is adapting its products to the future battlefield needs. The SAHAR system integrates and uses the advanced technologies in the terms of detection sensors capabilities, and autonomous navigation. The system provides a full end-to-end effective threatened routes clearing solution, operations which have been done heretofore by troops, with significant danger to their lives,” commented IAI’s Robotic Systems Division General Manager, Meir Shabtai.

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