Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) introducing at AUSA Winter the Versatile,
Intelligent, Portable Robot (VIPeR), the newest member of
its unmanned systems family. The new robot is displayed at the
company's booth at the USA Winter Symposium and Exhibition.
VIPeR was developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) within
the framework of its Portable Unmanned Ground Vehicle (PUGV)
program, and in close cooperation with The Israeli Ministry
of Defence’s Directorate of Defense R&D (DDR&D).
Following operational evaluation, the IDF plans on fielding
VIPeR in its infantry platoons.
This portable, lightweight robot is operated by a single operator,
and is designed to negotiate obstacles typical of an urban environment,
such as climbing stairs and rubbles,
when performing surveillance, reconnaissance and support troops
in urban warfare missions. The vehicle uses the "Galileo
Wheel", a patented system developed by Galileo
Mobility Instruments ltd. that allows automatic back and
forth conversion among a wheel configuration, a track configuration
and a special stair climbing configuration. (View a video
showing the performance of the Galileo robot prototype).
VIPeR is designed to reduce the danger to the dismounted force
during different phases of combat, employing various payloads
including weapons, add-on sensors, modules and task oriented
payloads. The robotic vehicle weighs 25 lbs (11.4 kg). It measures
compact system measures 18"L x 18"W x 9"H (46
x 46 x 23 cm).
The intelligent, small-signature VIPeR can also be configured
with weapons capability comprising a 9 mm mini-Uzi with scope
and pointer, or grenade launcher. The system is remotely controlled
via a control harness and helmet mounted display. Optional payloads
include: P&T, FLIR, observation day/night zoom camera, explosives
sniffer, disrupter, 4-foot robotic arm, gripper, in-building
mapping and more.