Israel Aerospace Industries is Israel’s prime aerospace and aviation manufacturer, producing aerial systems for both military and civilian usage.
IAI’s Taxibot is a tow-bar-less robotic tractor that would allow both wide and narrow body commercial airplanes to taxi to and from the gate and the runway without using their jet engines, while remaining under full pilot control. The system requires no modifications to airliner fleets; this is under development by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in close cooperation with Airbus.
This new-generation solution features a cockpit-operated driving system controlled by the pilot, which would be utilized after the aircraft has completed its typical “push-back” from an airport’s gate with a driver.
The TaxiBot’s application opens the way for more efficient taxiing – with benefits that include reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions; lower air and noise pollution; and increased ground traffic safety.
To enable this feature packed solution, IAI Taxibot is equipped with the Sierra Wireless Airlink GX400, the GX400 with boosted hspa+ performance, IP64, E mark and MILSPEC MIL-STD 810 which enables a truly reliable and robust solution for the crucial environment of airports.
The GX400 provides encrypted connectivity for the Taxibot with mission control, displaying all the important information in real time to the controller.
It provides a direct encrypted line to the IAI support team for a remote support for any system analysis and recovery.