from the June 2014 issue

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils route clearance robot

SAHAR clears the way ahead of landmines, explosives and other obstacles.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) is unveiling SAHAR - an autonomous robotic route clearance system. A model of the system is being presented at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International ( AUVSI) exhibition this week in Orlando, Florida. SAHAR is a joint development of IAI, ark unveils new mini UAV

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SAHAR is a fully autonomous robotic system designed for the efficient performance of combat engineering missions. The system handles the process of route clearance including functions such as environmental terrain mapping, surveillance, removal of road blocks and disposal of IEDs. The system is designed to handle a variety of tasks, missions and threats autonomously.

Combat engineering missions include route clearance, landmines and explosive device (ED) neutralization in diverse operational arenas. These missions are currently executed using manned and remote-controlled mechanical engineering equipment. The challenges of dealing with these missions using existing methods include: high risk to equipment operators and to the security forces providing protection; specialized skills are required to operate the mechanical engineering equipment; extremely high levels of accuracy are required which result in slow implementation of the required tasks. SAHAR was developed to overcome these challenges.

The system's execution is based on pre-defined path plans and its major features include a remotely-controlled platform, smart terrain awareness sensors, and an autonomous maneuvering and manipulator module.

IAI has considerable expertise in unmanned ground vehicles with over 10 years of experience. IAI's unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) specialize in executing various missions such as: border security (operational UGVs through the GNIUS subsidiary); logistics missions - REX UGV robotic porter; and engineering missions - SAHAR UGV for route clearing missions.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report June 2014

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