Israel New Border Patrol with Gaza: Autonomous Vehicles

Fox News reports: Israel is planning to bolster its high-tech arsenal by deploying fully autonomous military vehicles along the country’s dangerous border with Gaza.

“This is the future — the border is a very dangerous place,” an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official told FoxNews.com, citing the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), snipers, anti-tank missiles and terrorist tunnels. “Sending unmanned vehicles to do these patrols means that troops lives’ are not at risk.”

Working with Israeli defense specialist Elbit Systems, IDF has equipped Ford F-350 pickup trucks (pictured) with specialized remote driving technology.

The trucks, dubbed Border Protector Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), are also fitted with four driving cameras and a 360-degree observation camera to help operators identify threats. At the moment, the vehicles are unarmed.

UGV testing began in July 2015 and the trucks became operational in February.

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