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Eurosatory 2022: Israel to Commence Testing MRCV

Medium Robotic Combat Vehicle for Wide-Ranging Applications

The Israeli MoD will begin testing a robotic unmanned vehicle (MRCV – Medium Robotic Combat Vehicle), developed by its Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), the Tank and APC Directorate, and Israeli security industries.

The vehicle was unveiled on 13 June at Elbit Systems‘ pavilion at Eurosatory. It includes a new robotic platform type BLR-2 made by BL, a 30 mm autonomous turret developed by the Tank and APC Directorate for the Eitan APC, Elbit’s Iron Fist active protection system,
fire control and mission management systems, and robotic autonomous kit, in addition
to situational awareness systems. The vehicle also features a capsuled drone for forward
reconnaissance missions, and a passive sensing kit developed by Elbit Systems and

The technological demonstrator integrates a number of cutting-edge technologies, including
advanced manoeuvrinbg capabilities, the ability to carry heavy and varied mission loads,
and a built-in system for transporting and receiving UAVs.

The vehicle will also incorporate sights, an IAI missile launcher, and Rafael’s Spike missiles. The M-RCV’s capabilities include a highly autonomous solution for forward reconnaissance, and controlled lethality in all-terrain conditions. It is operational during the day and night in all weather conditions, while emphasising operational effectiveness, simplicity, minimum operator intervention, and integration into heterogeneous unmanned arrays.

The system was developed as part of the autonomous battlefield concept led in the
DDR&D in collaboration with the Tank and APC Directorate, while implementing an
open architecture for integrating future capabilities and integrating the robot alongside
other tools and capabilities. It is a joint product of many years of investment by the DDR&D and the Tank and APC Directorate, and is expected to start field tests during 2023.

The MRCV was unveiled on the Elbit stand at Eurosatory on 13 June. (Israeli MoD)

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