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IAI Introduces an Export Version of Heron TP
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing an export version of the Heron TP, the largest member of the Heron family of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The new version retains strategic capabilities of the TP - operational ceiling of 45,000 ft, mission endurance of 30 hours, but halves the payload capability of the TP, limiting the maximum payload capacity to 450 kg. - the same as the payload of Heron I.
Diesel-Powered Drone Set Endurance Record (56 Hour Mission) for Small UAS
Vanilla Aircraft VA001 has set an endurance record for 50 kg-500 kg subclass drones, flying a 56-hour mission without refueling the diesel-powered drone, demonstrated the feasibility of designing a low-cost UAV able to take off from one side of a continent, fly to the other, perform its duties for a week, and come back - all on the same tank of fuel.
Startup Ventures Showcase New Developments at Israel’s Defense Innovation Hub
Eight startup companies that graduated today from the first class of Israel's Defense and HLS Accelerator demonstrated that developments of defense systems can sometime be quick and efficient. In only four months, these start up ventures have met significant milestones - proof of concept, prototype development, product design and development and capital funding. The second class has already started...
New Mini-Drone Provides ‘Eye in the Sky’ for Small Boats
Elbit Systems introduce today the Skylark C - the first naval member of its electrically powered mini-UAV family. Based on the operational and combat-proven Skylark I-LEX Mini UAS, the naval variant extends the Skylark reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities to the maritime domain.
Italian Drone Lost in the Mediterranean Sea
The Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH HammerHead drone crashed yesterday off the Sicilian coast while on a test flight. According to .... the drone lost contact with the ground station during the flight and crashed into the sea, about 20 minutes after takeoff.
Singapore Technologies’ Hybrid Mini UAV Can Fly and Dive
This hybrid drone can fly for 15 minutes, dive underwater and operate sonar sensors for 3 hour underwater surveillance missions.
IAI’s ROTEM – Tactical Multirotor Killer Drone
IAI MBT has designed as a small, quad-rotor based loitering weapon called ROTEM, that is uniquely built to support dismounted combatants and special operations in urban warfare, offering effective, indirect observation and engagement of targets from an elevated position.
DARPA To Fly VTOL Tail Sitter Drone From Frigates and Destroyers
DARPA awarded Northrop Grumman US$93 million for under the 3rd phase of the Tern program. The company will develop and demonstrate an innovative unmanned tail-sitting, flying-wing aircraft
IAI Extends Panther’s Endurance, Positioning the VTUAV to Address South Korean...
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling a new variant of its Panther Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV, equipped with a hybrid propulsion system integrating electric and internal combustion engines. The drone, displayed by the Korean Hankuk Carbon company, is designated ‘Front Engine Panther’ (FE-Panther) and is the latest development of IAI’s Panther family.
New Navy drone gets its feet wet flying off a Navy...
MQ-8C Fire Scout, the newest naval drone being developed for the U.S. Navy by Northrop Grumman successfully flew the system for the first time off the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Dec. 16, off the Virginia coast.
New UAV designs from AVIC
AVIC displayed a number of drones including a 1:6 model of the ‘Blue Fox’ high maneuverability jet powered drone, and the twin propeller driven...
French Army could expand UAS choices
A new drone war has heating up in France, as authorities are gearing up for the long awaited Request for Proposal of the Système de Drones Tactiques (SDT) - 30 a tactical drone systems that would replace the Sperwer UAS by 2019.
Aeronautics revamps Orbiter 2 – new B model is an all-digital...
Aeronautics is launching at Eurosatory a new variant of the electric-powered Orbiter 2 mini unmanned aerial system (UAS) family, designated Orbiter 2B. Externally, the new drone looks the same, but internally, its core systems - avionics, datalink and controls are all modernized, digitised, and more secured
GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots
Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) - including General...