Israeli manufacturer Aeronautics Defense Systems is developing a jet-powered unmanned air system with a maximum take-off weight of 5,000kg (11,000lb).

Aeronautics president Avi Leumi confirmed that the programme is under way. To be powered by one engine, the system is intended "to get as fast as possible to where it is needed," he said.

Leumi said that it will take at least five years to develop the new UAS, with his company also developing new avionics equipment for the design. "The effort is to develop level-A avionics that will allow these UAS to get the permission to fly freely in civil airspace," he said.

Meanwhile, Aeronautics is continuing to expand its international presence. After opening a plant in Azerbaijan, a new site in Spain will begin operations in two months, initially manufacturing the company's Orbiter 2 and Orbiter 3 systems.

Source: Flight International