Unmanned Ground Vehicles

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

Introduction


In recent years the IDF has significantly increased its usage of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV). In addition to large UGV used 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 used primarily by YAHALOM but are gradually entering service with other SF units.  Roboteam, is Israel's leading manufacturer of UGV and its flagship product - the MTGR - is commonly issued now. The usage of UGV in various combat scenarios from tunnel clearing to structure breaching is now also part of the IDF Counter Terror School's curriculum.  

 

Roboteam MTGR


Roboteam MTGR used during training at the IDF Counter Terror School (photo: IDF).

 

Counter Terror School instructors practicing tunnel clearing during training. Standing operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a Meprolight MOR, an AN/PEQ-14 and a vertical grip/bipod combo; kneeling operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a Trijicon ACOG, a flashlight a vertical grip/bipod combo; a third operator is holding a shield. Also seen is a Roboteam MTGR (photo: IDF)

 

ODF Optronics EyeDrive


IDF SF operator carrying an 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 EyeDrive in the foreground (photo: IDF).

 

YAHALOM operators clearing a tunnel with the help of an EyeDrive during training (photo: IDF)

 

iRobot PackBot


YAHALOM operators lowering an iRobot PackBot 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.

 

Civilian Tunnel / Pipe Inspection UGV


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.

 

Roboteam, Israel's leading manufacturer of UGV.

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