Israel Aerospace Industries Unveils Robotic Platform Designed for Ground Forces at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, Opening Today (Oct. 20, 2009)

Itzhak Nissan: "The accompanying robot presents a unique solution to the challenges faced by ground troops."

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Ben Gurion International Airport, October 20, 2009 – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is displaying, for the first time REX, a small robotic platform designed to accompany ground forces on operations, at the 2009 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, opening today in Seoul, Korea.

REX, which can carry up to 200 kilograms, is designed to assist groups of 3-10 ground soldiers on operational and logistical missions for up to 72 hours without refueling, and acts as a robotic "beast of burden" for the modern soldier.

Experts at IAI estimate that the demand for such a product could amount to tens of thousands of orders, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, in both the local and the international market, for a wide variety of military and civil applications.

"The REX platform is unique in its state-of-the-art operational capabilities and its user-friendly interface, both of which are central to the platform's superior performance," explained Ofer Glazer, head of innovation at IAI. "The robotic vehicle follows the lead soldier from a given distance, utilizing technology developed and patented by IAI.
Using simple commands, including 'stop', 'fetch', and 'heel', the lead soldier controls the robot without being distracted from the mission at hand.
Controlling the robot in this way allows for intuitive interaction and rapid integration of the product on the field within a short time frame," Glazer added.


The development of the system is a result of IAI's awareness of the urgent operational need for such a device. It integrates various already existent robotic capabilities, ensuring a low target price, a short development period, and low-risk development.

REX was developed in the business and technological innovation department of IAI.
This is a diverse department, composed of a team of young, dynamic entrepreneurs responsible for developing products in the newest fields of interest.

The team utilizes creative thinking and academic and industry-based joint projects, both in Israel and worldwide, to lead IAI in the achievement of many important milestones.
One such joint project has resulted in the Guardium – a robotic patrol vehicle (produced by the company GNIUS); another example is the Taxibot, a semi-robotic aircraft towing system. IAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 2009 Paris Air Show to jointly develop Taxibot with Airbus, the largest aircraft company in Europe.

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