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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has announced the company’s selection by the Israeli MoD as the prime contractor and integrator for developing the concept and technologies for the future CARMEL AFV for the IDF. This comes after a competitive demonstration tender, during which IAI presented a two-man, closed hatches AFV. IAI is now in charge of the next phase of the CARMEL programme, development and demonstration of technologies for a multidimensional combat team, which is expected to enable significant improvement in the system manoeuvrability.

With the CARMEL demonstration, IAI has developed and proven a combat concept in which an AFV, with closed hatches, is operated by a two-man man crew and can successfully cope with existing and future challenges on the battlefield, the company writes. This solution is based on automatic and autonomous systems that complement the two-man team and operate the central subsystems – the vehicles’ mission planning and management, situational awareness, driving and lethality. These capabilities allow the team to define, supervise and interfere only when there is a necessity or need, and enables the coverage of a wider area of concern while effectively meeting the challenges faced by the manoeuvring forces. The system is to have the ability to locate and destroy time-sensitive targets with small footprints, through quick acquisition and effective engagement of targets.