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This question has been raised before but now needs a very clear anser.
Robots in the air and on the ground are performing a growing number of missions along the Israeli bordres.
In some situations they cooperate through a very advanced command and control system – these are the unmanned air systems (UAS) and the unmanned ground systems (UGS) that take a very active parts of sealing this volatile border that is really a barrel of dynamite.
While the UAS are known better , the UGV’s are no less important. They perform an increasing number of missions as new versions are being introduced.
The main UGV operated along this border is the Guardium made by G-NIUS Unmanned Ground Systems (UGS) owned jointly by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit systems .
This joint company is developing a variety of unmanned ground system solutions.
Some of the company’s products are already being used along the border between Israel and Gaza.
Others are still in the development phase with interests from many armed services in the world.
The accumulated operational experience shows that the UAS’s and the UGV’s can in many situations work in harmony supplying surveillance capabilities that give the soldiers in the headquarters a look from above and a constant look from very close on the actual border line. This without the problems that are involved in manned patrols .The UGV’s and the payloads they carry are 100% alert as long as the unmanned platform is on the move with fuel in the tank. And when the fuel is low , another UGV is sent to cover the border line.
The pace of introducing UGS into armies and other defence organizations is slower than expected but the company says that there is a shift in the market and that bring meaningful potential.
It must be said that many of the technologies used in the UGV’s have been developed and honed by Israel’s UAS industry and the transfer of these technologies continues.