Israel showcased its “combat vehicle of the future", which is a tank with large touchscreens, 360-degree vision and, in one prototype, a video game-style controller.
The ministry of defence wants to procure an armoured vehicle that can be operated by two soldiers instead of four with the hatch closed.
The ministry has tasked three Israeli companies — state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, along with Elbit Systems – to give shape to the ideas.
The Caramel project, launched three years ago, aims to develop the vehicle along with its brains and sensors to be installed into the existing tanks.
The vehicles also come with options for autonomous driving and target identification with the help of sensors and cameras, along with artificial intelligence and other features.
"This is a revolutionary concept based on cutting-edge technology," said Brigadier General Yaniv Rotem, head of military research and development with Israel’s defence ministry.
Israel demonstrated options for the project to US army representatives on Sunday and plans to do the same for other countries. The three companies presented tank models fitted out with their technologies at an army base in northern Israel. All three went through a series of tests that the ministry says were successful. Rotem said armoured vehicles could eventually reach the point of being completely autonomous.