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All of Israel’s unmanned vehicle technologies are represented today at the YES Planet compound in Rishon Lezion, where a unique event began this morning – a convention, exhibition and live display of unmanned vehicles – air, land and sea. The event was organized by the iHLS website team, covering local and global unmanned systems technologies.
3,000 visitors are expected to participate in the convention, in order to witness to future of military and civilian aeronautics – unmanned vehicles. Visitors include representatives from Israeli firms, engineers and technicians, software and hardware specialists, developers of tiny sensors and huge aircraft, developers of communications and C&C systems, advanced radar system operators, miniaturized electronics developers, inventors and dreamers.
Flags of various participating countries filled the YES Planet compound with color, while the IAI Panther and Heron UAVs were there to greet visitors at the entrance. The Heron will play an important part in the live display later, taking off from central Israel and flying towards the compound in Rishon Lezion.
Experts from Israel and abroad will cover various topics: Unmanned vehicles and the art of war, intelligence gathering through UAVs, cyber threats on UAVs and how to defend against UAVs launched by terrorist organizations. Civilian issues will also be covered: Border protection, traffic control, tracking organized crime movements, and more. Unmanned vehicles can be used to maintain electrical wiring with no danger to personnel and can be used to map wide areas, for example. All these issues will be covered in a series of lectures to be interrupted only by the live display. The nearby Superland lake and the surrounding park will play an important part in the upcoming land and air live displays.
Visitors familiar with air shows, such as the Paris Air Show, were surprised by the magnitude of the event. Some of them even compared the huge event in Paris to the Israeli one – the latter specializing only in unmanned systems.