The robots can fly, climb stairs, traverse sewage pipes and go through windows to collect digital images. It can even sense the body heat of hidden opponents. Welcome to the high tech age of combat.
The new IDF robots can even do chemical analysis to warn of threats from non-conventional weapons.
Knowing that it is massively outnumbered by the combined military forces of potential enemies, the IDF has always striven to maintain a qualitative edge in training and technology. Some of its latest technological advances are specially aimed at giving Israeli soldiers an edge in future urban warfare.
The latest innovations include robotic devices that allow surveillance and battlefield intelligence to be gathered without exposing troops to enemy fire, designed specifically for urban environments where tightly packed buildings and narrow alleys often conceal deadly booby traps, snipers and mines.
Israel is fighting an enemy that is many times her size. That is a challenge.
The IDF has an advantage in superior technology. But its not easy to stay ahead in the race. Its also very costly. The above story of a 100 Billion USD arms race in the Middle East is alarming. That the biggest arm sellers in the World, like USA, Russia and China, basically feed them self on hate, violence and fear for tomorrow.
What is Israel`s advantage?
Israel has nuclear submarines. They can move up to the Iranian coastline, and take out ant target within minutes. This is also a nuclear deterrent. If Iran choses to fire a nuclear armed rocket on Israel, the Iranian people at large have just commit suicide. Either the nuclear armed rocket fired on Israel will reach or not, Israel will respond within seconds of a hostile rocket fired from Iranian soil.
Israel also has drone-technology. That is an air born capability of looking at the enemy behind the hill top. A Syrian tank has no where to hide. The moment the tank moves, the Israeli intelligence will come to know immediately.
The latest is robot guns. If a man stand around the corner with a gun pointing at the same hight as your head, it would be stupid of you, to try to look around the corner. Better to send a robot gun on wheels, to remove the enemy. This is very effective tool in urban wars, like fighting Islamic terrorists in places like Gaza.
The only weapon that is missing, is an effective tool to counter Islamic suicide bombers. When a suicide bombers wants to kill you, you have two options. Either you have to be able to run faster than him, or you have to take him out in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, innocent people gets killed in such battlefields. You can be sure that the IDF does its very best to avoid targeting innocent civilians.
If you have developed a tool that can see the difference between a suicide bomber and an innocent civilian, please dont wait. Come to Israel, and help the IDF to do a better job.