Posted on March 6th, 2009 No comments
According to this post (sorry, available only in russian) Russian defense ministry admits that after spending 1bln roubles ($25000000) russians are still unable any functional drone. So it looks like the US and Israel remain absolute leaders in the UAV development and no other countries are even close to them. Even new French drone is basically a copy of Heron-1. The BLA-05 “Tipchuck” show here doesn’t look like a serious military tool with its 2hrs of flight time.
Posted on February 22nd, 2009 2 comments
France successfully tested its first military UAV called SIDM (Système Intérimaire de Drone MALE) in Afghanistan – military’s favorite playground these days. This highly autonomous all-weather surveillance UAV is based on IAI Eagle-1 platform and can stay in the air for up to 24(!) hours at the altitudes 5-8km and recon in 1000km range.
Posted on February 21st, 2009 No comments
The Heron or Machatz-1 is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by the Malat (UAV) division of Israel Aerospace Industries. It is capable of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) operations of up to 52 hours’ duration at up to 35,000 feet. It has demonstrated 52 hours of continuous flight, but the effective operational maximal flight duration is less, due to payload and flight profile.
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