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March 1, 2012 4:49 pm

The Future of Israel’s Military: Unmanned Vehicles

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Guardium UGV vehicle on patrol. Photo: IDF.

IDF – Unmanned vehicles (UMVs), whether in the skies, waters, or on ground, are indispensable tools for the surveillance of enemy activities, without putting one’s own forces in danger. Find out more about two outstanding UMVs and read for yourself what IDF commanders have to say about these incredible machines.

The Eye in the Sky – The Eitan Drone:

The Eitan was developed in Israel and unveiled for the first time to the general public in late 2007. With a wingspan of 26 meters it is as wide as a Boeing 737, but the Eitan can do much more than just fly. It is a medium-altitude, long endurance UAV, meaning that it can operate above altitudes of commercial air-traffic and can stay in the air for a flight-time of up to 36 hours. All weather capabilities, an automatic de-icing system, automatic takeoff and landing systems and a wide array of sensors which can be equipped to the Eitan’s belly, nose and wings, make it an extremely versatile reconnaissance platform.

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