Unmanned Aerostar-C flies towards certification

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Aeronautics Defense Systems expects there to be a large potential market for its Aerostar-C unmanned air vehicle, including that from customers looking to acquire equipment to support training activities.

Company president Avi Leumi said on 12 July that market interest will come because the Aerostar-C "gives 80% of the performance of similar systems for 50% of the price. It will also be purchased by the many private schools that train unmanned air system operators for the growing market."

The Israeli defence company expects to secure certification for the Aerostar-C by the end of this year, with the system now undergoing flight testing.

The Aerostar-C has a maximum take-off weight of 320kg (705lb), including an 80kg payload. It has a 10m (33ft) wingspan and an operational endurance of up to 20h, Leumi said.

Its four-stroke, fuel injected engine produces up to 65hp (48kW), and is manufactured by Aeronautics' Italian subsidiary Zanzottera Technologies.