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Speed is critical in maritime patrol – UAS vs manned platforms

Maritime patrol aircraft have gained greater importance in recent years, countering terror threats from the sea, protecting the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and watching over offshore natural resources. Unmanned air systems look to be the perfect solution. Long hours of “ironing”  huge spans of ocean is a tedious job for pilots and other crew members […]

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Humans out of the loop – again

This is the perfect example of combining an operational requirement and technology. The Israeli air force (IAF) is a major operator of unmanned air systems (UAS). Until recently there was a “man in the loop” – mainly in the shape of an external pilot, in charge of the take-off and landing of some of the […]

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Israeli-made UAS numbers point to bright future

The numbers tell the story and here are only two: almost 50% of the operational flight hours performed by the Israeli air force (IAF) are of unmanned air systems (UAS); the second, also impressive, is that the different UAS made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have accumulated more than one million operational flight hours worldwide. […]

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UAS in civil airspace – a long road ahead

The goal is to fully integrate unmanned air systems (UAS) in a country’s airspace, and consider them like their manned cousins. This process is very slow – and  a big headache for UAS manufacturers – but in recent months there have been signs that trust in the involved technology is growing, albeit slowly. Earlier this […]

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The growing demand for aerial unmanned maritime sensors

Operational requirements create markets. Sometimes these requirements are specific but sometimes they represent a worldwide trend, and it’s this second case we are going to discuss. The demand for unmanned air systems (UAS) equipped for maritime missions has been growing steadily over the past five years. This increasing demand stems from two main factors. First, […]

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Can UAS prove their worth for civil missions?

The integration of unmanned air systems into non-segregated airspace is an issue for many experts and regulators across the globe.In April, the maritime version of an Israel Aerospace Industries Heron UAS was used to demonstrate the possibility of integration.While the technical side appears to be on a positive route, other issues may delay the process.But […]

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The future of mini-UAS

These are small wonders – they attract attention. They have clients, but they do not bring in revenues that justify the amount of development effort and high budget needed to make them operational.The two Israeli major manufacturers of unmanned air systems (UAS) are evaluating the future of their mini systems because of the small profit […]

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Heron capabilities demonstrated during Andes crossing

It could have been considered another demonstration aimed at convincing a potential client to buy. But it is much more than that. Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has crossed the Andes during an operational flight demonstration in a South American country. The demonstration flight was performed last month and according to […]

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Israeli-made UAS in the Swiss skies

It seems that Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) will keep their monopoly in the Swiss skies.The Swiss armed forces have been operating the Ranger UAS – built by RUAG, based on the design of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Scout UAS. The Ranger entered service in the 1980s, and now the Swiss want an advanced […]

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Defence budgets in disguise – a growing trend?

Defence budgets in disguise are the hottest trend in some parts of the world. The idea was born from the pressure to cut defence budgets according to the economic situation.Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron unmanned aerial system (UAS) was recently flown in Greece, as part of a demonstration held by the EU border security agency […]

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