Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Crashes

The “Eitan” UAV (Heron TP) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Crashes

The “Eitan” UAV (Heron TP) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Crashes

The “Eitan” UAV (Heron TP) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Crashes

The “Eitan” UAV (Heron TP) This morning, during an open field experimental flight, an IAF “Eitan” UAV crashed. There are no injuries

This morning an IAF unmanned aerial vehicle crashed while conducting an experimental flight over an open field. Luckily, there were no injuries and the incident is currently under the investigation of the IAF and Israeli Aerospace Industries.

Exactly one year ago, an “Eitan” (Heron TP) Formation was created in “Tel Nof” Airbase. “We don’t get many opportunities during a lifetime to contribute to the country’s safety, let alone to establish a new IAF formation”, says the Commander of the Formation, Lieutenant Colonel Shay. “There is not a more powerful feeling than creating something out of nothing. I tell my people that I have every confidence in them and in our abilities to lead the formation into operational activities while facing the obstacles ahead”.

“Eitan” belongs to a “HALE” (High Altitude Long Endurance) family of UAVs. These are the new platforms which will replace manned aerial vehicles in the next few years in various operations which will include surveillance and scouting. As a multi-operational aircraft, the “Eitan” is responsible for gathering general intelligence information, marking specific points for other aircrafts to attack, photographing long distant targets and many other operations which, as of now, are completed by regular airplanes. The massive UAVs can fly for a full day. A long hovering session solves the operational issue of being somewhere for a long time helping maintain aerial consistently, resolves the need of changing airplanes every few hours, the only shift exchanges are the ones at the control cabin.
The UAV is capable of flying through any weather, hover above civilian aircraft activities and take off and land automatically. Much like the “Heron 1” before it, the “Eitan” has retractable wheels and a backup system that is capable of maneuvering the plane when needed. In addition, the UAV has Israeli defense systems that make it internationally exclusive and allow it to identify the launchings of missiles in various ranges.

“Eitan” ID:

Maximum takeoff weight: 4,650 kg
Height: 40,000 ft.
Wingspan: 26 meters
Length: 15 meters
Speed: 130 knots
Cargo Weight: 1 ton
Engine: turbo-prop 1,200 horse power