Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled the Rex MK II, a new UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) intended to keep troops out of harm’s way during complex missions. The Rex MK II features a new hybrid electric design with all-wheel drive and advanced maneuverability, and can carry a load of 1.3 tons. IAI is showcasing the new UGV at the DSEI exhibition in London.
The vehicle is designed to support infantry ground combat forces in gathering intelligence, providing logistical support, and executing remote attacks. It can operate autonomously with command-and-control capabilities, or be piloted by a single operator through wireless communication.
The multi-mission Rex MK II can carry munition supplies, critical medical equipment, water, and food, and can also be used to evacuate injured personnel on stretchers. The system can also gather intelligence through a situational awareness system that incorporates electro-optical sensors and radar. The Rex MK II also provides fire support by using remotely controlled weapons systems such as a 7.62mm machine gun or a .50 calibre heavy machine gun, and can be equipped as a multi-mission platform to support additional missions based on troops’ needs.
The new Rex MK II joins other operational UGVs 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 with high maneuverability, carrying out complex missions in difficult conditions quickly and safely; and the RobDozer, an unmanned bulldozer intended to carry out complex military engineering in danger zones.
Zvika Yarom, GM of IAI’s Land Division, commented: “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. This system is based on harnessing our decades-long experience with UAVs, to implement in the world of land vehicles. IAI’s unmanned land platforms are in use operating along Israel’s borders and in different fighting units as well as in other locations around the world. We are experiencing a rise in demand from clients for unmanned land platforms.”