Israeli UAV house Aeronautics (Hall 6, Stand D732) is in the final stages of developing the latest member of its Orbiter family of UAVs.
Orbiter 4 is based on the aerodynamic structure of the successful Orbiter 3 small tactical unmanned air system (STUAS), but features enhanced performance and mission capability. The company expects to formally launch the Orbiter 4 before the end of the year.
The 50kg Orbiter 4 raises maximum endurance to more than 24 hours from Orbiter 3’s seven hours. It will be able to reach an altitude of 18,000ft, and can operate at a line-of-sight range of 250km. Mission effectiveness is being enhanced through a dual-payload capability, allowing the STUAS to perform two missions simultaneously.
Aeronautics is presenting all three of its current Orbiter UAVs: the Orbiter 1K loitering munition, the Orbiter 2 four-hour endurance small UAS and the Orbiter 3 STUAS. Also on show is the popular 230kg Aerostar.