Israel MoD to test a Combat Robotic Autonomous Vehicle

The Israel Ministry of Defense will begin testing a robotic unmanned vehicle (photo above) )called M-RCV (Medium Robotic Combat Vehicle), developed by the Ministry’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), the Tank and APC Directorate, and Israeli security industries. The robotic combat vehicle is presented this week at Elbit Systems’ pavilion at the Eurosatory Defense and Security Exhibition in Paris.

The vehicle includes a new robotic platform type BLR-2 made by BL, a 30 mm autonomous turret developed by the Tank and APC Directorate for the “Eitan” APC, Elbit’s “Iron Fist” Active Protection System, fire control and mission management systems, robotic autonomous kit and situation awareness systems. The vehicle also features a capsuled drone for forward reconnaissance missions, and a passive sensing kit developed by Elbit Systems and Foresight.

The technological demonstrator has the ability to carry heavy and varied mission loads, and a built-in system for transporting and receiving UAVs. The vehicle will also incorporate sights, an IAI missile launcher, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ “Spike” missiles. The M-RCV’s capabilities include a highly autonomous solution for forward reconnaissance, and controlled lethality in all-terrain conditions during the day and night in all-weather scenarios.

The system was developed as part of the autonomous battlefield concept led by IMoD, and it is expected to start field tests during 2023 in representative scenarios.