‘Raccoon’ - Israeli military recon, observation and surveillance vehicle

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The military surveillance vehicle nicknamed Raccoon is used by the Israeli Combat Intelligence Collection Corps. It has also been used to monitor/intimidate left-wing civilian demonstrations.

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Used by the IDF’s Combat Intelligence Collection Corps, the Raccoon is a humvee outfitted with an advanced surveillance system that includes a radar and long-range day/night electrooptical observation system mounted on a mast rising from the vehicle’s roof.

Typically deployed on the battlefield, a Raccoon could be seen on Saturday night next to the Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv, as well as on Ibn Gvirol and Kaplan streets, repeatedly appearing in front of the crowds blocking intersections, its mast rising over the protesters.

The Racoon is manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and is one of the army’s more sophisticated field observation platforms.

Journalists and protesters said they could not recall such military hardware being deployed in a civilian capacity to monitor a protest in Tel Aviv

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The vehicle, known in the IDF as "Raccoon", or by its English name "Stalker", was introduced in 2001 and is mainly used along Israel's border with Lebanon. As it turns out, the vehicle was actually operated by the police during the protest. The surveillance equipment installed in the Stalker, which was developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, uses an optical camera along with a radar. The camera pole installed in the vehicle can be raised to a height of nine meters. The system, which can operate in almost every climate condition, uses automatic sensors to identify and scan suspicious activity. It is able to detect people at a distance of up to 10 kilometers, or up to 20 kilometers for larger objects. In recent years the police has increased the use of the system, mainly in criminal cases. The police mostly uses the Stalker in towns that have been the victims of break-ins. The Raccoon can be placed in a remote location, observe the town, and contact undercover forces in case of any criminal incident. Although the police are using the system in demonstrations, it is rarely seen in urban areas. The police has previously stated that it has been using the system, and have also put it on display at exhibitions and events, including on Israel's Independence Day.

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