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According to information published by “The Jerusalem Post” on October 10, 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Defense has selected Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to develop the next phase of development and integration of the technological platforms of the future armored combat vehicle ( AFV) Carmel. .
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Model of the future Carmel project of Israel Aerospace Industries. (Image source Snafu Blog)
The Carmel will not only be configured as an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) but will be based on a multi-role platform which can be configured according to the requirements of the mission and which can evolve according to the new threats of the modern battlefield. .
In August 2019, Army Recognition reported that the new Israeli combat vehicles in the Carmel program will be equipped with artificial intelligence, autonomous and automatic capabilities. It will be compact, agile, efficient, survivable, maintainable and affordable and will only be operated by two combat soldiers. The project is led by three Israeli defense companies, including Elbit Systems, IAI Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael.
At an exhibition in Israel, IAI Israel Aerospace Industries company presented a platform that combines a panoramic display, individual control screens and a control stick similar to the joystick of the Xbox game console. The autonomous capabilities of the IAI combat vehicle are harnessed by a central, autonomous system that integrates the various components of the platform and helps the human operator to process information and focus on critical threats in order to take action. effective decisions.
According to Israel’s Defense Ministry, each company was asked to develop their platform from a technology-based concept that would transform existing and future platforms into an advanced vehicle with a cockpit – much like the one a fighter plane – where most of the activities are carried out autonomously (movement, threat detection, target acquisition, as well as defensive and offensive maneuvers).
Quoting “The Jerusalem Post”, launched in 2016, Carmel should be at the forefront of the new concept of military combat based on autonomous and automatic maneuver capabilities, artificial intelligence, hybrid propulsion, etc. It will be applied to current and future armored fighting vehicles and will feature crew members in closed hatches, operating a range of autonomous and AI-driven platforms. Many of its capabilities will be self-contained, including movement, threat detection, defense, and target acquisition.
According to the Isreal Defense website, the future Carmel armored platform will have a hybrid training system that would, among other things, store energy in order to meet all future operational demands. The platform will be protected by a state-of-the-art active protection system that is secure against cyber attacks. The new platform will be able to destroy enemy anti-tank detachments and rocket launchers. Due to its small size and light weight, it will be able to progress relatively easily in dense urban areas.