Israeli unmanned air vehicle manufacturer Meteor Aerospace has secured the first customers for its Impact 700 design, and is also now developing a larger version.
According to company president Itzhak Nissan, the Impact 700 is 7m (22.9ft) long and has a 12m wingspan. Powered by a Rotax 912is engine, "this UAV has an endurance of over 24 hours," he says.
Meteor was formed in 2013 by Nissan – formerly chief executive of Israel Aerospace Industries – and businessman Hezi Bezalel.
Nissan says that the Impact 700 is currently being test flown, but contracts have already been signed with some customers. He declines to identify any of these buyers, but it is known that Meteor's main investor, Bezalel, is very active in Africa.
Nissan tells FlightGlobal that Meteor is also developing a larger design, named the Impact 1300. "This will be a much bigger UAV in the MALE [medium-altitude, long-endurance] category," he says.