Israeli company to provide Italian police with military robots
An Israeli company which makes military robot systems has won a tender worth $10 million with the Italian government to supply the country’s military police with tactical ground robotic systems, Trend reports referring to The Jerusalem Post.
Roboteam will team with Italian contractor BMD Spa to supply the Carabinieri with 40 Transportable Interoperable Ground Robot (TIGR) systems with various payloads, including training and maintenance services, the company said in a statement.
Weighing about 80 kg., the TIGR can handle suspicious packages, hazardous materials and intelligence gathering. Highly maneuverable on all type of terrains and conditions, it has an advanced arm which has 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) and with high lifting capacities.
The system also has advanced photographic and observation capabilities with thermal vision so it can operate both in daylight and at night for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
According to Roboteam, the TIGR was launched last year and this is its first win in an open tender.
“The TIGR joins the company’s list of robotic solutions that have already won a number of tenders worldwide and are in ongoing operational use,” Roboteam said in a statement adding that the deal with Italy comes after other tender wins the firm has had in recent weeks in Japan, Korea and “additional countries.”
“We are proud that the Italian government has chosen the TIGR advanced robotic system that we developed,” said the company’s CEO Elad Levy. “Winning the tender demonstrates that this new and innovative system enables the user, in the most efficient and effective manner – advanced operational capabilities that saves lives under the challenges and threats facing the forces all over the world.”
The company, which focuses on the manufacturing of advanced military robotic systems was founded in 2009 by Yossi Wolf and Elad Levy, and employs dozens of employees in Tel Aviv, Israel and Maryland in the United States.
According to the company, all of their robotic systems have been developed to meet all the advanced American JAUS/IOP standards, which enable a generic connection of devices on the systems according to a specific task they are required to person, such as sensors for the detection of hazardous materials in case of nuclear or biologic events.
“A significant component of the systems is software and algorithms. These enable the system operator to intuitively perform advanced and complex operations on the battlefield, by using the autonomous capabilities of the systems to manage an array of autonomous capabilities consisting of a large number of platforms and sensors,” the statement said.
The company has sold its products in more than 20 countries across the world, including the US, Israel, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, the UK, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, and now, Italy.