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The long-lasting patience of the lone hunter

Loitering munitions are very patient hunters. The weapons look for their prey from the air and then kill it. And earlier this week, developers revealed that one type can hunt for more than 6h. Current interest in Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) loitering munitions (LM) proves that wars fought in the last decade demonstrated the need […]

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Smart weapons on basic platforms are a trendy combination

Budget pressures sometimes create trends. A recent one in some countries is to use a very basic helicopter and give it capabilities that were not in the list that guided its developers. So how do you give a transport helicopter the capability to perform attacks on ground targets as a main or secondary mission? The […]

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Will evolution lead to a revolution for Panther UAS?

Vertical take-off and landing is a brilliant idea but it took long years until the Boeing V-22 Osprey became fully operational. In aviation, there is evolution rather than revolutions. The same process is now taking place with the introduction of a VTOL unmanned air system into service. Israel Aerospace Industries has developed the Panther, an […]

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Speed with advanced radars bring UAS to a new level

The combination of a faster unmanned air system with advanced payloads, particularly SAR/GMTI radars, is seen by Israel Aerospace Industries as the main selling point of the company’s recently unveiled Super Heron UAS. The Super Heron is a larger, faster version of the combat-proven Heron UAS and has a new design, featuring a more streamlined […]

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Pilots out, fly-away kit in – the unmanned helicopter takes shape

The effort continues at a slow pace, but it looks set to pick up as soon as a serious potential customer is ready to invest the money needed to manufacture a “fly-away kit”. Such a kit will take pilots out of helicopter cockpits and replace them with additional fuel tanks, or payloads, with the possibilities […]

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The growing demand for Israeli ground force UAS

The Israeli air force (IAF) objected, but now it’s a fact – Israeli ground forces will soon have more types of small unmanned air systems (UAS). The operational demand surprised the IAF – it was obvious until then that UAS are and will be exclusively in its “yard”. However, the operational burden on the IAF’s […]

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Unmanned helicopter – an enthusiastic customer needed

The operational need is there and the technologies are at hand – and yet the plan to develop a system that will take the pilot out of helicopters is still moving ahead very slowly. Many companies in the world are making developmental efforts, but none can offer  a commercial solution at this point or any point in […]

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Israel seeks to boost presence in US unmanned market

Stark Aerospace has unveiled its ArrowLite hand-launched, single-operator tactical UAS, as its parent company seeks to bolster its presence in the US market. The ArrowLite, launched this week, provides the tactical operator with a rapidly deployable lightweight aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability. Weighing 3kg (6.5lb), it can be assembled and hand launched in 60-90s […]

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Collateral damage from an all-out war in the UAS market

Market competition can be a blessing – but when it turns to an all-out war, the blessing is lost and only damage results. That is exactly what is happening in the Israeli unmanned air system (UAS) industry. There is an out-of-control war between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems, Israel’s two largest UAS manufacturers. […]

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Autonomous aerial killers are getting deadlier

Unmanned air systems (UAS) have brought about a revolution of the operational structure of airforces. More and more missions are now performed by UAS in airforces around the world. This trend is leading to a growing demand for autonomous weapon systems. What we’re actually talking about here is a UAS armed with a warhead that […]

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