Eurosatory 2016

Unmanned technology to the fore [ES2016D2]

14 June 2016

Israel Aerospace Industries has a long history as one of the pioneers of unmanned technology. Its large UAVs such as the Heron have been proven in thousands of hours of operational use with a variety of customers. IAI (Hall 6, Stand F693) now offers a wide portfolio of unmanned technologies, including small UAVs, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and now a range of counter-UAV systems.

The company recently began series production of its Bird Eye 650D small tactical unmanned air system after increased orders from a number of customers.

Developed from the 3.5-hour endurance Bird Eye 650, the 650D offers an endurance of more than 15 hours at ranges of up to 150km. Able to be reconfigured with various payloads, the Bird Eye 650D is highly mobile, allowing it to be deployed in the field, and has a quick reaction time.

In the land domain, IAI has launched a new UGV known as RoBattle, which joins a growing UGV family that already includes the Panda, Sahar, RoboCon and Guardium. RoBattle is a highly manoeuvrable multipurpose UGV that can support mobile and dismounted operations. It can be equipped with radars and sensors for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) tasks, or with remote weapons or manipulator arms. It can be configured as either a wheeled or tracked vehicle.

IAI’s prowess in the development of UAVs has also placed the company at the forefront of counter-UAV technology. A number of customers have already procured the Drone Guard system, which builds on the IAI Elta ELM‑2026 family of radars by adding special drone detection and tracking algorithms, and the ability to cue electro-optical sensors for target identification.

Once a UAV has been positively identified, it can be “engaged” with advanced adaptive jamming systems, also developed by Elta. The jamming disrupts the drone’s navigation/ flight control systems, causing it either to shut down and crash, or to immediately return to its point of origin.

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