Thursday, February 18, 2010

IDF welcomes 'super-drone'

clipped from www.ynetnews.com
New unmanned aircraft can fly higher, stay in air longer than other drones
The IDF is about to receive what is considered the world's best unmanned aircraft – the Eitan.
On Sunday, the Air Force will be receiving the Israeli-made drone, which had already been tested on several occasions, including during operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.
More than 20 hours in the air (Photo: Avi Moalem)
The Air Force's drone fleet has experienced a leap in recent years, and has been taking over increasingly more missions traditionally performed by manned aircraft – especially in the areas of intelligence gathering, escorting and protecting forces, and creating the Air Force's "target bank."
The Eitan's role would be to operate in the highest altitudes, along with other aircraft flying at lower altitudes. The new drone will be providing an effective means at all theaters, with an emphasis on distant ones – including Iran.
Photo: Avi Moalem
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