BirdEye 100, a miniature UAV that can be operated by a single soldier was developed by IAI under an IDF conceptual study. The BirdEye 100 is back packable, hand launched and ready for operation within a few minutes. The UAV can be operated at lower echelons and directly serve small infantry and armored units by providing them live video and over the hill intelligence. BirdEye 100 flies autonomously toward designated waypoint, as its mission is planned and controlled by clicking waypoints over a digital map displayed on the ground mission laptop computer. The small plane is powered by an electrical motor and can fly for about 1 hour. Communication for video and data link can be maintained for about 5 Km. The aircraft takeoff weight is about 1.3 Kg. The wingspan is 85 cm and length is 80 cm.
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Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK | 9-11 March 2020