Elbit Systems demos armoured fighting vehicle concept for Israeli MoD

6 August 2019 (Last Updated August 6th, 2019 14:15)

Elbit Systems has demonstrated its armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) solution for the CARMEL Future Combat Vehicle (FCV) project of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD).

Elbit Systems demos armoured fighting vehicle concept for Israeli MoD
The crew of two soldiers operating the AFV will have the IronVision ‘see-through’ HMD. Credit: © 2019 Elbit Systems Ltd.

Elbit Systems has demonstrated its armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) solution for the CARMEL Future Combat Vehicle (FCV) project of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD).

The company’s AFV solution will have improved operational abilities and will feature autonomous capabilities and artificial intelligence (AI).

Elbit noted that the use of such technologies will improve decision making and enable rapid target engagement.

The AFV also includes the IronVision Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) for the two soldiers operating the vehicle.

It can operate as an independent high fire-power strike cell and as a networked station for multi-spectral sensing and information fusion.

During the demonstration, the firm also showcased the AFV’s ability to act as a base platform for operating additional unmanned systems.

The demonstrator also included several Elbit systems, such as the UT30 unmanned turret, TORCH Command and Control (C2) system, E-LynX software defined radios, and MAY acoustic situational awareness system.

Other systems include AI applications, THOR Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL), and Pioneer fighting Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV).

The AFV can perform tasks such as off-road driving, rapid target acquisition and prioritisation, as well as fast, high precision fire missions.

Furthermore, the networking capability allows the vehicle to work in coordination with other fighting platforms and to transmit missions and intelligence to other forces.

The IronVision ‘See-Through’ HMD allows the crew to operate the AFV entirely under closed hatches.

Elbit Systems said in a statement: “The system transmits real-time, high-resolution video to the crew’s helmet-mounted display, providing them with a 360° view of the surroundings, together with relevant symbology and C4I data.

“In addition, IronVision enables the crew to acquire targets, conduct line-of-sight (LOS) driving and navigation and enslave the AFV’s weapons systems to their LOS.”

Apart from Elbit, Rafael and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) also demonstrated their technological solutions for the CARMEL FCV project.

The three prototypes underwent extensive testing prior to the demonstration.

Rafael displayed the concept of a ‘transparent cockpit’, while IAI showcased a prototype based on its family of unmanned robot vehicles, Globes reported.