by David Crane
, also known as the PVR (which we’re guessing stands for Personal Video Receiver) is just a miniaturized version of a system that’s been in use for several years on Israeli attack helicopters and tanks, called Tactical Video Link TVL-II, that was designed and developed to give helicopter gunships “dramatically swifter seeker-to-shooter cycles”, meaning the ability to locate and liquidate/neutralize (or "target kill") enemy targets/terrorists before these targets…
can exfiltrate the area (i.e. escape). Just like Tactical Video Link TVL-II does for tank and helicopter crews (and perhaps even fighter pilots), V-RAMBO broadcasts, or "beams", real-time video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a.k.a. unmanned aerial reconnaissance drones, at the broadcast television-equivalent speed of 30 frames-per-second, only V-RAMBO does it directly to the wrists of individual Israeli Army infantry soldiers on the ground. The video display unit attaches to the soldier’s wrist via an adjustable velcro strap, and the video receiver unit can be mounted on the soldier’s vest or (we assume) on his waist (with the cable running through the vest. DefenseReview would like to see V-RAMBO made completely wireless/tetherless (encrypted/scrambled signal), with no cable running to the video display unit. This is how, in our opinion, it should be.
Itzhak Beni, CEO of Elisra Group’s Tadiran Electronic Systems and Tadiran Spectralink Ltd., has been quoted as saying that TVL-II "shortens tremendously" the amount of time it takes to identify and strike a target. "Before it was minutes, 10 to 12 minutes. Now it’s a matter of seconds," Beni said. Beni was also quoted saying "We are fulfilling the science fiction movies that we see." Pretty cool, and it really is a technology "Dick Tracy
would be proud of", as referenced by Associated Press (AP) writer Josef Federman
in his article "‘Wrist Video’ Gives Israeli Army an Edge
It would also be interesting to see the V-RAMBO tech applied to UCAVs
(Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles
) and UCAR
(Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft
), so U.S. Army infantry soldiers and U.S. Marine Corps infantry can control air strikes directly, in real time, without having to go through a pilot. Perhaps that’s where infantry combat is headed. Unfortunately, however, DARPA’s UCAR program was recently cancelled for lack of funds (or re-prioritizing of available funding). Hopefully, it, or something like it, will be resurrected at some point. At the moment, V-RAMBO is in very limited use on only a handful of Israeli army infantry soldiers’ wrists. DefRev has a feeling that’s going to change very soon, and wouldn’t be surprised if V-RAMBO, or a technology like it, started making its way over to U.S. infantry forces in the not-too-distant future. If that happens, DefenseReview would like to see the V-Rambo tech refined a little bit more, i.e. flattened/streamlined and transferred from the wrist to along the forearm, a la "Predator
". It also must be made wireless/untethered.