The IRIS UGV is an ultra-light robot used for intelligence and reconnaissance. Image courtesy of Roboteam.
The IRIS UGV’s total weight is 1.65kg. Image courtesy of Roboteam.
The IRIS UGV has an operating range of 200m. Image courtesy of Roboteam.

Individual Robotic Intelligence System (IRIS) is an ultra-light, miniature unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed and developed by Israeli manufacturer Roboteam.

The UGV is designed to explore hazardous areas, confined spaces, underground, and disaster zones and relay intelligence and reconnaissance information in real-time.

IRIS is suitable for military law enforcement, public safety intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) operations, urban warfare, subterranean and culvert inspection, and mobile communication relay from mission locations.

The New Zealand Defense Force placed orders with Robotem for IRIS and other UGVs in May 2019.

Roboteam IRIS UGV design and features

The IRIS platform constitutes a controller, power supply system, cables, back-up batteries, carrying case, and IRIS robot. Based on a rugged chassis, the four-wheel UGV features a modular design to enable the integration of add-on equipment based on the mission requirements.

The ultra-light UGV weighs 1.65kg and is capable of carrying payloads of up to 1kg. The length and width of the UGV are 23cm and 20cm respectively, while its height is 11cm.

Robotem IRIS UGV can be carried in a bag held in hand and can be easily deployed in the mission environments. It features tactical handles or hooks to assist in subterranean and steep culvert inspection missions.

The vehicle features double side operation design and takes less time to recover and resume the operation in the event of fall.

IRIS UGV payload and sensors

Powered by a field replaceable 12V battery, the IRIS UGV is designed for relaying intelligence and reconnaissance information in real-time, and for the video and audio coverage.

The robot can integrate payloads such as high-definition camera unit and illumination torch for subterranean inspection. It offers payload port for Ethernet, RS232 standard communication protocol, and video / audio interface.

A day and night video camera with 90° tilt and zoom options is fitted as an internal component to the vehicle. The UGV also integrates a laser guide, an audio receiver, and a near-infrared LED with adjustable brightness.

The external payload is mounted to the UGV through a picatinny rail interface.

Control unit details

IRIS UGV can be controlled using a ruggedised operator control unit (ROCU-7) or any Android-based smartphone.

“IRIS UGV can be controlled using a ruggedised operator control unit (ROCU-7) or any Android-based smartphone.”

The ROCU-7 is a multi-mission, universal wireless control and command unit featuring a seven-inch screen and multiple-operation configurable hard buttons to suit the mission requirements.

The handheld unit is 30.5cm-long and 17.5cm-wide, while its height is 7.3cm. The total weight of the control unit is 2.3kg.

The control unit integrates an Intel Atom E3845 1.91GHz quad core processor with 4GB RAM and internal storage with solid state drive, which is expandable up to 128GB. It works on Windows 7 operating system. The ROCU-7 control unit also features encrypted IP MESH communication technology.

The ROCU-7 is designed according to IP65 water-proofing standards and can function within the temperature range of -20°C to 60°C.

Roboteam IRIS UGV performance

IRIS UGV is built on the military standard MIL-STD 810G platform, which offers IP65 standard waterproofing protection.

The ultra-light unmanned vehicle has a line of sight range of 200m, while its endurance is up to two hours based on the mission. It can reach a maximum speed of 5km/h.

It can be thrown anywhere in the field and is operable in multiple environments such as sand, mud, rubble surfaces, and water.