Israeli firm makes two more unmanned Diamond DA42s for US market

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Aeronautics Defense Systems has decided to build two additional demonstrators of the unmanned version of the Diamond DA42 for marketing efforts, focusing on the USA.

Aeronautics president Avi Leumi says the decision was made following the first series of test flights in July.

"We will resume the test flights in September, but, at the same time, we will prepare a marketing effort to potential customers, mainly in the USA," Leumi says.

The prototype of the Aeronautics Dominator - 2 "Oz" unmanned air vehicle flew for the first time in July.

Aeronautics in Israel has converted the twin-engined, all-composite DA42 into a UAV powered by two Thielert diesel engines. It can be equipped with a variety of payloads.

The Dominator 2 has an endurance of 28h and is capable of carrying a 400kg (880lb) payload. Its maximum take-off weight is 2,000kg. Maximum altitude is 30,000ft (9,150m), with a top speed of 190kt (350km/h).

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Aeronautics Defense Systems is based on Diamond's DA42