IAI to Develop Digital Technologies for Future Armored Fighting Vehicle

Above: IAI concept of digital cockpit for the Carmel program

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been selected by Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMoD) as the prime contractor and integrator for developing the concept and technologies for the future armored fighting vehicle (AFV) for the IDF – the Carmel. IAI competed against Rafael and Elbit. At the conclusion of a live demonstration of a two-man, closed hatches AFV, IAI was selected by the IMoD to develop the next phase of the Carmel.

The innovative AFV introduces a step change in the operational capability of combat vehicles. This is underpinned by applying autonomous capabilities and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate decision making and facilitate target engagement with dramatically increased rapidity and accuracy. The two crew members operate a range of systems alongside integrated autonomous, air, and land platforms, enabling significant improvement in maneuverability.

IAI President and CEO, Boaz Levy, said that Carmel brings to the world of land combat the concept of system of systems. “Carmel will enable complex ground operations with less risk to human lives, which will transform ground combat strategy as we know it today.” IMOD plan to demonstrate this concept on board IDF’s first wheeled APC, the “Eitan”. The Eitan is an 8-wheeled armored combat vehicle capable of carrying 13 combat soldiers. It was developed in Israel and is expected to replace IDF’s veteran M113 APCs.

Eitan, IDF's first wheeled APC
Eitan, IDF’s first wheeled APC

Carmel concept is based on automatic and autonomous systems that complement the two-man team, and operate the central subsystems – the vehicles’ mission planning and management, situational awareness, driving and lethality. The system has the ability to locate and destroy time-sensitive targets with small footprints, through quick acquisition and effective engagement of targets.

During the evaluation tests, IAI presented a technology concept based on its autonomous systems and robotic vehicles. It consists of a panoramic display and a game-like control system, and an autonomous and combat management systems enhanced by Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence. IAI’s CARMEL also includes target acquisition systems, radar system, a passive multi-spectral sensor system and an active protection system.