The Franco-German Saint-Louis Research Institute demonstrates its autonomous vehicles and long distance observation systems at the July 14 parade

Sunday, July 14, the Defense Innovation Agency will present various projects of the future

  • in front of the Presidential Stand, at the opening of the great military parade;
  • as well as the event “The French meet their armed forces” on the Esplanade des Invalides, from 14:00 to 18:00.

The ISL, the world’s only bi-national defense and security research institute, will take part with with the following innovations:

STAMINA – Autonomous tracking of GPS-free routes at the July 14 parade. STAMINA is a low-cost image processing technology that allows autonomous tracking of routes without GPS. The technological brick navigation image STAMINA is mounted on robots to which it gives autonomy.


STAMINA PATROL, which allows the demonstration of the concept, will be the first robot presented in the dynamic table “Innovation” which will open the parade on the Champs-Elysées. STAMINA AUROCHS – a new realization that will be exhibited at the Esplanade of the Ecole Militaire on the 14th of July afternoon. Like STAMINA PATROL – STAMINA-AUROCHS is the result of the integration of the STAMINA autonomous route tracking system in a rustic and powerful platform. It features undeniable assets in terms of agility, speed, comfort, which allows it to perform crucial tasks such as the transport of casualties.STAMINA AUROCHS will be present Sunday, July 14 afternoon during the event “The French to meet their armed forces”, where dynamic demonstrations of navigation by the image are planned.


LONG DISTANCE VISION – VLDThe VLD system will also be exhibited, installed on one of the new GRIFFON vehicles, to ensurelong distance vision; VLD is a long distance vision system (about 10 km). It is teleoperable from a touch pad and allows the user to take shelter. Handy, lightweight and energy efficient, the VLD system was designed specifically for intelligence operations.

Created by a treaty-worthy convention signed between France and Germany in 1958 and ratified in 1959, the ISL is a body under the supervision of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and the German Ministry of Defense, which equally finance the Institute. Industry also files contracts to the ISL to benefit from its expertise and enhance its work.

The ISL’s mission is to carry out multidisciplinary research in the field of defense and security, covering topics as diverse as the advanced perception of situations by optical or acoustic means, energetic materials, laser power sources, remote artificial intelligence on sensors, protective materials, aging of materials, navigation for robotics, guided munitions, electromagnetic gun, etc.

The work carried out at the ISL ranges from basic research (understanding of physical phenomena) to technological demonstrators and is particularly focused on technologies with potential breakthrough. The institute’s approach is characterized by its proximity to the end-users of the armed forces of its two “shareholder” states, which facilitates orientating the work in order to answer current or foreseeable needs.

In a context of strengthening Franco-German cooperation illustrated by the recent signing of the SCAF / NGWS framework agreement, the daily and effective cooperation of French and German researchers and employees within the Institute is a living symbol of the success of this cooperation on a daily basis, at the height of man.

Photos courtesy ISL