Celebrating 40 Years of Israeli UAVs

Photo by: Yuval Davidovitz

Celebrating 40 Years of Israeli UAVs

Photo by: Yuval Davidovitz

Celebrating 40 Years of Israeli UAVs

Photo by: Yuval Davidovitz

Celebrating 40 Years of Israeli UAVs

Photo by: Yuval Davidovitz

Whether it is drones carried in backpacks or planes weighing more than a ton – the Israeli UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) industry is celebrating 40 years and countless technological developments. Who uses UAVs, what are their advantages and what does the future hold?

Talya Yariv

Representatives from the Israeli UAV industry gathered in the “AUS&R 2015” conference yesterday to mark the 40 years of Israeli UAVs. Since Israel began developing UAVs four decades ago, unmanned aircraft have become an integral part of the battlefield thanks to special skills such as flying without landing for over 24 hours, around the clock intelligence gathering and high stealth capabilities, all without endangering human life.

UAVs Everywhere
For years, Israel is considered a pioneering and leading force in the field of UAVs alongside the United States and China, an assertion which is still true today in terms of technological progress and export of military products. At the same time, more and more countries have begun developing UAVs over the past years.

The technological advancement and the multiplicity of manufacturers have made UAVs significantly cheaper than before. Therefore, it is not surprising that terrorist organizations also possess such aircraft: Hamas’s and Hezbollah’s UAVs already penetrated Israel borders a few times from north and south.

A UAV For a Soldier
The AUS&R conference included exhibition of a wide range of UAVs – next to the “Super Heron” of the IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) which weighs about a ton and has a wingspan of 17 meters, you could find smaller UAVs such as the IAI “Bird-Eye”, Aeronautics’ “Orbiter” and different drones which weight only a few kilograms and can be carried by combat soldiers in the field to be used for small-range intelligence gathering missions.

UAVs will certainly continue to get smarter as years go by and execute a larger amount of missions. For example, it is quite possible that UAVs will start flying in the same formation with manned aircraft and help carry out operational missions.

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