Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has revealed its new Air Hopper unmanned logistical supply helicopter, which it recently demonstrated in the casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) role.
The aircraft, which was revealed in early October, recently took part in a demonstration for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), showing how a seriously wounded soldier could be airlifted from the battlefield to a pre-determined extraction point for treatment.
IAI declined to provide further details on the demonstration or the level of the IDF’s interest in it, but did tell Jane’s that the IDF has contributed to the funding of the project. As well as CASEVAC, the aircraft can be fitted with hardpoints and attachments for other missions and roles.
As noted by IAI, the Air Hopper can fly at speeds of up to 120 km/h; has a range of up to 200 km (depending on the mission); has a service ceiling of 7,000 ft; and can carry a payload of between 100 and 180 kg (depending on the mission). The aircraft has an automated take-off function before being flown by waypoints.
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