Israeli army to replace llamas with robots

Israeli army to replace llamas with robots

The Israeli army is set to replace llamas with military robots to carry heavy equipment for soldiers in tough terrains. 

Llamas have been gradually phased out by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) since the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and will be fully relieved from military operations from September 2017.

The IDF said for now the robots will only be used as porters and will not be weaponised. The newly inducted robots could carry items including food and ammunition for infantry units up to 500kms. Robots are being introduced as the llamas have been found to be extremely slow, IBT reported with reference to the Israeli daily Haaretz.

Besides being used to carry heavy equipment, the robots can also bring back injured soldiers. The robots can be operated from a remote location and there is also a possibility that the robots would start functioning more independently, the IDF said.

Equipped with a battery which can last up to eight hours, the robots will move at a speed of five to 10kms along with the soldiers. The robots' speed could also be tweaked to suit the movement of the troops allowing soldiers to manoeuvre them as per their requirements.