TheAir Force has lost an Eitan ( ) drone while performing a test flight with new payloads. The drone was one of the latest built aircraft in the series to enter service. It was on loan to IAI for the purpose of the test flights. The unmanned aircraft ed south of the air base Tel Nof, the home base of the flight test unit.
The IAF new Eitan squadron is the latest UAV unit in IAF service, operating one of the longest reach. According to IAF commander, Maj. General Ido Nehushtan, the drone was on a mission testing new capabilities when the wing broke in flight. He said the mishap will be investigated and whatever needs fixing will be adjusted,” said Nehushtan adding Eitan has a big future with the IAF. “This UAV was conceived 20 years ago, when