Loitering Munitions and UAS Also on Show
Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) will feature a variety of defence and security solutions at AUSA 2021 in Washington, DC, next week. For the first time, the recently-unveiled REX MK II Multi-Mission Autonomous vehicle will be displayed, alongside the BlueBird WanderB and ThunderB VTOL UAS, IAI’s loitering munitions family, including ROTEM, HAROP and GREEN DRAGON, and the flagship BARAK MX air and missile defence system.
REX MK II is IAI’s newest unmanned land platform, adapted to a range of ground missions with advanced manoeuvrability and the ability to carry a 1.3t payload. Armed with 7.62mm or .50cal. machineguns, REX MK II is a multi-mission, multi-purpose platform, featuring a new hybrid electric and all-wheel drive. It supports combat forces in gathering intelligence, providing logistical support and executing remote attacks.
IAI will also showcase the WanderB and ThunderB VTOL UAS, developed by IAI partner BlueBird Aero Systems. This past year, IAI and BlueBird delivered 100 VTOL UAVs to a European customer.
The ROTEM, HAROP and GREEN DRAGON loitering munitions are the result of over 30 years’ experience. IAI’s solutions are uniquely capable of searching, identifying and neutralising targets, precisely and effectively. Using various guidance systems and capabilities, IAI’s loitering systems lend themselves to multiple battlefield scenarios.
“We have a long history of supporting US defence initiatives and working side-by-side with the US defence industry to develop and provide ground-breaking technological innovations. Just this past year, IAI supplied 400 WIND GUARD radar systems for the US Army’s ABRAMS tanks. Our shared values of innovation, defence and economic development are the basis of our fruitful collaboration, and IAI is excited [at] the opportunity to create new partnerships and collaborations with local defence companies during AUSA […] one of our newest innovations, to be revealed in a special announcement during AUSA, is a testament to our capabilities. We are excited to find new partners in the US defence ecosystem and be at the forefront of creating solutions to the security and defence industry’s needs,” stated President & CEO, Boaz Levy.
The ThunderB UAS from IAI partner company BlueBird Aero Systems. (Photo: IAI)
The launch of a GREEN DRAGON loitering munition. (Photo: IAI)