AIR HOPPER Unmanned Helicopter for Logistic Convoys Introduced
Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Unmanned Systems have successfully completed a proof of concept to high officials of the defence industry and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Recently developed by IAI the AIR HOPPER took a part in a demonstration that covered two scenarios: one simulating a seriously-wounded soldier being carried to an extraction point for life-saving treatment, airborne monitoring of vital signs and real-time dispatch to the ground; and one simulating logistic supplies being carried to an isolated force on the front line, which could not be accessed otherwise without risking more troops.
“Both systems proof of concept step is an important milestone for IAI in the world of unmanned vehicles, developing the future battlefield and in offering optimal unmanned operational solutions that minimise the risk to human lives as much as possible,” Shaul Shahar, Corporate VP and General Manager, IAI Military Aircraft Group, said. “I believe these developments will open many doors for us in local and global markets, military and civilian alike.”
The autonomous tactical system for logistic convoys responds to the need in transporting logistic equipment to the battlefield during warfare while preventing loss of lives and minimising the risks faced by logistic convoys en route such as damage caused by roadside explosives, ambushes or anti-tank weapons. The operator using the autonomous system supervises the execution of the mission and the convoy’s vehicles in real time from a safe area outside the threat range of the battlefield.