Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The following guide features various UGV used by the Israeli SF.

Introduction


In recent years the IDF increased its usage of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV). In addition to large UGV used mostly for EOD, small man-portable UGV such as iRobot PackBot and ODF Optronics EyeDrive are used for for CQB applications, while other UGV are used for tunnels clearing. UGV are mostly used by YAHALOM and are gradually entering service with other SF units. They are also commonly used with YAMAM.

ODF Optronics EyeDrive


IDF SF operator carrying an ODF Optronics EyeDrive on his back during deployment in the Territories. The operator is armed with a M4A1 fitted with an AN/PEQ-14.

YAHALOM operators during training. Left operators armed with a M4A1/M203 combo, right operator armed with M4A1. Both weapons fitted with Meprolight Mepro 21 and blank firing attachments. Note an ODF Optronics EyeDrive in the foreground (photo: IDF).

iRobot


YAHALOM operators lowering an iRobot into a tunnel during training. All operators are armed with M4A1 fitted with Meprolight Mepro 21, flip-up sights and blank firing attachments (photo: IDF).

QinetiQ / Foster-Miller Talon


YAHALOM operators and an Oketz operator and his dog (middle) during training. Note a Foster-Miller Talon in the foreground (photo: IDF).

Northrop Grumman / REMOTEC Andros


YAHALOM REMOTEC Andros seen here in an IDF demonstration. Note the robot's shotgun on the right side and the robot's operating system on the left. Also note an IDF ATV on the right.

REMOTEC Andros seen in the background during a joint YAMAM and Duvdevan deployment.

Tunnel Clearing


YAHALOM operator during training armed with a M4A1 fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21, a flip-up sight and a flashlight. Note an oxygen mask used for long term deployment in tunnels. Also note a tunnel clearing UGV (photo: IDF).

IDF tunnel clearing UGV (photo: IDF).

Videos


YAHALOM UGV delivers Hanukkah greeting.

YAHALOM UGV delivers Passover greeting.

Israeli made UGV.

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