Israel Aerospace Industries has confirmed that it has been selected to develop the future armoured fighting vehicle for the Israel Defense Forces.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been selected as the new prime contractor and integrator for the development of the IDF’s new armoured fighting vehicle – dubbed the Carmel – following a successful demonstration of the AFV.
The AFV is expected to be a two-man operated, closed hatch vehicle that is supported by autonomous systems assisting with mission planning, situational awareness, driving and lethality.
IAI explains that the vehicle's automation enables the war fighter "to define, supervise and interfere only when there is a necessity or need, and enables to cover a wider area of concern while effectively meeting the challenges faced by the manoeuvring forces.”
Throughout the development of the vehicle, IAI has developed new command, situational awareness, lethality, mobility and operations systems, with the vehicle utilising autonomous machine learning enabled capabilities to minimise collateral damage and threats to the operators.
According to a company spokesperson, the AFV is further capable of selecting and engaging targets in combat.
“We are very proud that the IMoD and the Land Forces Division selected the Carmel solution presented and developed by IAI. The central principles behind the company’s concept of land combat include intelligence gathering and acquisition of targets in the battlefield, conducted autonomously,” Boaz Levy, president and CEO of IAI, said.
“The Carmel solution, as demonstrated by IAI, brings to the world of land combat the concept of system of systems championed by IAI, and includes a combination of capabilities, systems, groundbreaking innovation and connection to the world of artificial intelligence as an additional strategic capability the IDF can use in the future battlefield.
“Carmel will enable complex ground operations with less risk to human lives, which will transform ground combat strategy as we know it today.”
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