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07 Jun 17. ISDEF 2017: Israel Police showcase UGVs. The Israel National Police Bomb Disposal Division displayed their uniquely modified Telemax CBRN by German company Telerob alongside two other modified robots at the ISDEF exhibition in Tel Aviv.
According to an unnamed serving IDF soldier in the unit, the three models on display are modified into ‘the Israel type, designed specifically to counter the threats this country sees on a daily basis’. They are typically employed in both terror and criminal related scenarios, to neutralise car bombs or removing unattended threats including unused weaponry from neutralised combatants.
The Telemax CBRN offers protection against biological materials such as toxins or viruses. Equipped with a multifunctional sensor platform, it measures CBRN threats on command and transmits the data to the operator. The system can collect samples in one of the five containers it carries on its back and can deliver them to a lab without direct human contact.
The police official stated that the Israel model, whose precise modifications are classified, is the only of its kind worldwide.
Also on display is the Andros Wolverine 6×6 manufactured by Northrop Grumman subsidiary Remotec. It is part of the Andros series primarily designed for unmanned military and explosive ordinance disposal. The wheeled and optionally tracked Wolverine is the largest of the Andros series, and capable of wielding several weapon and sensor systems. The officer told Shephard that the Israel Police have used the system for around 20 years.
The Israel Type Wolverine includes an added two-finger Adapted Robot Gripper prosthetic arm by Canadian manufacturer Robotiq. The police official demonstrated how the operator controls the prosthesis with an Xbox video game console controller, explaining how this allows for ‘a non-violent conclusion and forensic analysis of suspected IEDs’.
The third system on display is the Guardian Remotely Operated Vehicle by British manufactures AB Precision, acquired around 2016.
The Guardian has a hybrid arm that extends to 2.6m vertically and 2.1m horizontally. The extension capability allows for better manoeuvrability in enclosed areas, with an elbow joint to enable it to reach in and out capability. The arm can manage extensive payloads when extended and up to 30kg when retracted. (Source: Shephard)
07 Jun 17. BAE Systems takes aim at Czech Army requirement with CV90. BAE Systems Hägglunds displayed two examples of the CV90 (Combat Vehicle 90) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), with one of these being an unmanned turret-equipped model shown for the first time in public at IDET 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic. It has integrated the Kongsberg MCT-30, with this being the first unmanned turret to be fitted by the company to a CV90 hull. To accommodate the internal crew and stowage arrangements dictated by an unmanned turret option, the base CV90 all-welded steel hull is raised slightly, with periscopes fitted to provide enhanced situational awareness for the gunner and commander. It is understood that other unmanned turrets can be integrated if required.
The CV90s shown both were Mk III-generation platforms fitted with Soucy International rubber-band tracks, as the service is understood to have expressed a preference for band-type tracks.
Both manned and unmanned turret examples were armed with an Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm Mk 44 cannon and 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun. This main gun option has been selected by about 30% of all CV90 users to date, and the calibre is understood to be another expressed preference of the Czech Army. The version shown with the manned turret fitted is similar to the Norwegian Army’s current specification. The crew complement of three personnel – the driver, gunner, and commander – remains unchanged,