Israeli Security Expertise Supports Robotics Expansion

In the News
August 30, 2016

As countries and organizations turn to Israel for robotics and artificial intelligence, the world’s militaries are also turning to Israeli security expertise for advanced technologies.

Back in 2008, Israel proposed a missile system that is fully controlled by AI. In early 2016, Israel sold an advanced system to a buyer in Southeast Asia that uses algorithms and self-learning to identify threats at sea.

These are just some of the Israeli developments around autonomous and military systems.

In 2009, a division within the Israeli Defense Ministry called the Authority for Research and Development of Weapons unveiled a 6-ft.-long robotic snake that is equipped with video and audio capabilities. Although its main use is to collect surveillance on targets, it can also be armed with bombs to explode.

In 2010, The Wall Street Journal quoted a vice president at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., one of Israel’s biggest arms companies, as saying that within 10 to 15 years, a third of Israel’s “military machines” will be “unmanned.”

In 2015, Israel’s military conducted a test to 3D-print drones. Few details were given except that the printers were from the U.S.

Israel extends drone, UGV capabilities

Arbe Robotics offers a radar sensing module, a processing unit, and patented code to keep drones from colliding into one another or other objects. It is designed to be low-cost, lightweight, and have low power requirements.

Militaries can use Tel Aviv-based Arbe Robotics’ hardware and software in existing unmanned drones for reconnaissance and surveillance.

In June, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), which has worked with the European Union on unmanned ground vehicles to deal with...

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