Probot is a lightweight heavy payload robot, which can carry payloads weighing three times of its own weight. Image courtesy of Roboteam.
Probot can climb steps, cross obstacles, and perform both indoor and outdoor operations. Image courtesy of Roboteam.
Probot supports medical evacuations, CBRN, and ISR operations. Image courtesy of Roboteam.

The Professional Robot (Probot) is a lightweight heavy payload robot / unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed and developed by Israeli unmanned ground vehicle manufacturer Roboteam.

The versatile UGV is intended to support logistics carrier, search-and-rescue (SAR), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

The Probot UGV offers small ground forces long-range, real-time intelligence by reaching confined areas with precision. The multi-mission capabilities of the UGV allow it to be operated in urban areas and battle fields.

Probot is currently in service with the Israeli defence forces.

Probot design and features

The robust UGV is designed to perform various operations such as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection, medical evacuation, and logistics support. It can also perform semi-autonomous missions in challenging terrains and all weather conditions.

Probot UGV features conventional wheel drive, which can be optionally turned to caterpillar track system based on the mission requirements. It is compatible with indoor and outdoor operations due to its exclusive ability to carry heavy payloads while maintaining high speeds.

The tubular walls and bed of the carriage are designed to provide structural strength and achieve weight reductions. Mooring rings are also provided to facilitate fastening of the luggage. It measures 1.95m-long, 1.2m-wide and 1.05m-high.

Probot UGV complies with the IP67 water proofing and standardised military norms. It is 1.5m-long, 1.2m-wide and 0.6m-high and weighs 410kg including the carriage platform.

Payload system of Probot UGV

The modular architecture of the UGV enables the operators to configure it with payloads for various missions such as special operations, medical evacuation, public safety, and logistics support.

The UGV’s standard logistics carriage sits on a robust chassis, which allows it to carry payloads weighing up to three times its own weight.

Probot is fitted with a 360° camera, which offers 10X zoom along with day-night video compatibility. It also features a pan-tilt camera with 360° pan and tilt angles of -30°/15°, and an external GPS device. The vehicle can accommodate up to eight cameras for performing intelligence and search operations.

The illumination system of the vehicle features 360° NIR HD colour illumination, a white LED to facilitie night missions, and a close and high-range motion sensor.

Probot UGV can also integrate multiple payload systems through ethernet RJ 45, GPS and radio frequency antenna, external power, IOP 12,24,28V and Nato receptacle couplers.

Probot control unit details

The unmanned ground vehicle is operated by Rocu-7 secure wireless control and command unit. The multi-mission control unit is equipped with a seven-inch display and is designed to meet the military standards. The display unit offers 1024×600 resolution, sunlight readability, resistive touch screen, and night vision imaging system (NVIS) compatibility.

Probot’s control unit is 30.5cm-long, 17.5cm-wide and 7.3cm-high. The rugged 2.3kg unit conforms to IP65 water-proof standards and integrates Intel Atom E3845 1.91GHz quad core processor and Windows 7 operating system.

The Rocu-7 control unit features eight hard buttons, two joy sticks, and an RP-TNC jack for radio communication. The hand-held unit communicates with the UGV through encrypted IP Mesh communication system.

The unit’s operating time is between three and six hours depending on the operational mode, while the operational temperature ranges from -20°C to 60°C.

Probot UGV performance

Probot offers high mobility across multiple terrains such as sand, water, thicket, and rubbles. It has the ability to cross vertical obstacles of 25cm and inclinations of 33° and can reach confined areas with ease. The UGV has a maximum speed of 9.6km/h and an operational endurance limit of eight hours.

It can be operated in multiple modes such as follow–the-leader semi-autonomous mode, teleoperation mode, and GPS waypoint navigation. It achieves a line-of-sight range of 500m, with standard operating gear.