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Arie Egozi

The Israeli developed EZ RAIDER personal transportation system for soldiers and security personnel will soon have version that moves according to Lidar commands, the CEO of manufacturer DS raider has told ESDThe EZ RAIDER HD 4 is an off-road electrically-powered vehicle which creates a new category in the field of personal tactical vehicles due to its unique go-anywhere capability, and thus acts as an operational power-multiplier for the user. The U.S Armed Forces have evaluated the vehicle and after a successful set of tests have purchased a number of vehicles in order to continue the operational evaluation.

According to the company, the EZ RAIDER HD 4’s operation simplicity, high reliability and durability, enhance operative advantages in a variety of operational scenarios with a high level of safety for the user. It is powered by two 1200 W electric motors and can carry onboard up to two people in full combat gear while being able to tow a special cart for additional equipment. The cart is also powered by an electric motor with high torque and precise response to user commands while the 3000 W battery gives the vehicle an operational range of up to 80 km.

Intuitive

According to the manufacturer, the EZ RAIDER HD 4 is equipped with an intuitive and accurate driving system and can be easily folded for transportation as the vehicle’s width is 27 inch with a weight of 209 pounds. CEO Brig. Gen. (res.) Miki Bar, said that the unique vehicle can carry a payload up to 370 pounds and an additional 550 pounds when equipped with the electric cart. The four wheels are connected to special suspension systems that gives every wheel an independent horizontal and vertical movement: “that allows the vehicle to cope with rough terrain,” Bar explained.

The board on which the soldier stands is 20 inch above ground, adding to the vehicle’s capability to move in rough terrain. Bar added that the IR signature of the vehicle is very low, a fact that adds to its stealthiness: “The electric motor emit[s] something like 122 Fahrenheit and that can be lowered with simple heat shielding materials” he said. The Israeli police is already using the EZ RAIDER HD, mainly in its border police units.

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