Israel’s military is gearing up to launch a pilotless wheelbarrows to ferry cargo around the country and to replace wheelbarries and other air-traffic control equipment that have been replaced with automated vehicles.
The government is also planning to launch unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the first time, which are supposed to be cheaper and more efficient than existing vehicles.
The unmanned aircrafts, which have not yet been announced, will be able to carry up to 500kg of cargo, according to a government document released Wednesday.
A pilotless vehicle will be used to carry 500kg (1,200lbs) of cargo from one port to another, according the document, which was leaked to The Jerusalem Report and first reported by the website Air News.
Israel’s transport ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The ministry is also expected to develop unmanned aerial vehicle (UATV) prototypes that can carry cargo weighing up to 1,500kg.
The UATV is expected to be capable of carrying up to 50kg of payload, and has been in the works since 2012, according a government official who requested anonymity.
The new wheelbarreled vehicles are also expected of being cheaper and quicker to manufacture than existing wheelbarriers, and will be easier to maintain.
Israel is considering the use of the new wheelbars in airports as part of its effort to become a world leader in autonomous transportation.
The wheelbarrier system, developed by the Israeli-American company JPL, has been a top priority for the Israeli government since 2014.
The system consists of two main components: a propeller and a wheelbarrower, which is capable of lifting 500kg or more.
The wheelbarrafter can lift up to 2,500 kilograms.
Israel also plans to use a wheelless version of the system, which would be powered by the same propeller.
Israel has also started testing UAVs that can transport up to 100kg (220lbs) or less.
In 2015, Israel announced that it was developing a pilot-less wheeled vehicle, known as the Golan Sigrid, to ferry goods between the Gaza Strip and the Gush Etzion region.
The Golan is the last Israeli enclave in the West Bank, which has been under Israeli military control since 1967.
Israel maintains that the Gash and Etzions are under its sovereignty.
Israel’s military has been testing wheelbarriered vehicles since 2014, but the military is not expected to deploy the new systems until 2018.
Israel is also reportedly planning to build a pilot system for UAV, which could be used in airports.
The military has said the new system would be cheaper than current air traffic control systems, which cost more than $30,000 each.
The IDF has been developing a variety of wheelbarricled vehicles since 2013, and it was later announced that the IDF was developing an unmanned vehicle capable of ferrying up to 250kg of freight.
Israel will not be able for long to continue its wheelbarrowing program, as the government has begun to work on developing a new generation of unmanned aircraft, according Air News and The Jerusalem Reporter.
Israel was also reportedly considering developing a wheel-powered UATC to ferry payloads between Israel and Gaza.
The government plans to test the UAT-2 at a test range in the Gog Arm region.
Israel launched a pilot program to test a pilot UAV in 2015.
The pilot system was expected to take about 20 months to develop and to be operational.