Elbit Systems unveiled at AUSA 2005 a futuristic concept of an
autonomous unmanned ground vehicle (AUGV) designed for unmanned or manned
operations. Named "AvantGuard", the vehicle can assume diverse
roles from surveillance and recce to security missions and
patrolling routes, detecting and neutralizing
The UGV is based on the
Tomcar Model TM27GL All Terrain Vehicle
(ATV) used by the IDF and Israeli
Border Police. The autonomous vehicle configuration utilizes
advanced robotics and sensor technologies, allowing it to "think"
and avoid obstacles, communicate with the operator or other
vehicles. The vehicle uses a sensor package which can identify and
avoid obstacles, along a pre-planned route. The navigation system
uses Differential GPS (DGPS) system with three control levels.
Other sensors include front and rear cameras, mounted on a 360
deg. omni-directional pedestal.
Based on the mission profile, AvantGuard can carry various
payloads - including electro-optical, communication relay, jamming
and weapon stations. The example demonstrated at AUSA 05
exhibition was fitted with Elbit Systems' 7.62 remote-controlled
ORCWS 7.62 mm 95 kg weapons station.