Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling its new Rex MK II unmanned land platform, the newest member of a family designed to keep troops out of harms way.
The Rex MK II is an unmanned land vehicle adapted to a range of ground missions with an ability to carry a load of 1.3 tons.
The hybrid electric platform, all-wheel drive, supports combat forces in gathering intelligence, providing logistical support, and helps execute remote attacks. The vehicle is land-based, autonomous with command-and-control capabilities, or by a single operator through wireless communication. IAI is presenting the system at the DSEI exhibition in London, this week.
The multi-mission Rex MK II is intended to support infantry ground forces in various stages of fighting. This includes providing logistical assistance to troops by carrying munition supplies, critical medical equipment, water, and food, as well as evacuating injured personnel on stretchers. The system can also gather intelligence through a situation-awareness system that incorporates electro-optical sensors and radar.
The Rex MK II also enables conducting attacks by using remotely controlled weapons systems including a 7.62mm machine gun, a cal 0.50 heavy machine gun, and as a multi-mission multi-purpose platform to support additional missions based on troops needs.
The new Rex MK II joins other operational unmanned platforms developed by IAI including the Jaguar, an unmanned land platform for defending borders, gathering intelligence and carrying out attacks; the RobARC, an operational unmanned platform for uncovering and destroying ground level and subterranean explosive devices; the Robattle – a robotic operational land platform for complex missions in difficult conditions, and the RobDozer – an unmanned bulldozer intended to carry out complex military engineering in danger zones.
“The need to support ground forces in the field to carry out various missions while minimizing threats to soldiers’ lives is at the heart of our values here at Israel Aerospace Industries,” Zvika Yarom, GM Land Division of IAI, said.
“This system is based on harnessing our decades long experience with UAVs, to implement in the world of land vehicles. We are experiencing a rise in demand from clients for unmanned land platforms.”