This Hybrid Electric Military Robot Vehicle Turns Lethal at the Drop of a Hat

It’s no secret that armies are incorporating unmanned vehicles in their operations, from aerial drones to remotely-controlled land robot vehicles. With technology advancing rapidly, we’ll probably soon hear of entire military units comprised of autonomous vehicles that are designed to be highly versatile.
The new Rex MK II is a multi-mission robot vehicle built on a hybrid electric platform 7 photos
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The new Rex MK II is a great example of versatility. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s newest unmanned land platform is able to not only provide logistical support, but also gather intelligence and even conduct attacks. This multi-mission robot vehicle was designed as the perfect support system for infantry ground forces.

Built with an electric hybrid system that enables a range of up to 300 km (186 miles), the Rex MK II can also carry up to 1.3 tons of payload. This makes it a real asset when it comes to delivering munition supplies, critical medical equipment, as well as water and food, during combat. Thanks to the high payload, it can serve not just as a supply-carrier, but also as an emergency vehicle for evacuating injured personnel.

When it comes to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, the Rex MK II can help provide critical information, thanks to its situational awareness system that integrates radars and electro-optical sensors. This unmanned vehicle can also become lethal when it has to. A 7.62 mm machine gun and caliber 0.50 heavy machine gun are part of the remotely-controlled weapons system that enables Rex to carry out attacks.

IAI representatives have stated that there’s a growing demand for unmanned land platforms. The company’s Land Division range also includes a border patrol automatic vehicle, one that can detect and destroy ground level and subterranean explosive devices, a bulldozer for military engineering in high-risk zones, and a robot vehicle for complex missions in challenging conditions.

Rex MK II is the newest addition to this range, which is already being sold to defense customers around the world. IAI will make the official presentation of this new robot vehicle at the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, taking place between September 14 and September 17, 2021.

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