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RADA is a recognized world leader in the field of
airborne video and data recording. The company's
INS solutions, based on Fiber Optic Gyros (FOG)
or Micro-Electro Mechanical Sensors (MEMS), are
integrated into a wide range of airborne and land
RADA's Radar technology provides compact
and affordable sensors for point and perimeter
surveillance. Based on its extensive engineering
experience and product range, thecompany also
offers complete system solutions in avionic upgrade
suitesfor military and Special Mission aircraft, as well
as in video and data recording and management
Israel Weapon industries (IWI) was founded on
the remnants of their small arms division that was
sold a few years ago. IWI's products include the
family of TAVOR Assault rifles and the Negev light
machine gun (LMG) .
The TAVOR Assault Rifle is the most modern
weapon, technologically. Among its advantages is
that it is a long barreled rifle but compact in size due
to its bull pup configuration. The weapon includes
an integral reflex sight to enhance its precision. In
addition, a night or day telescope can be easily fitted
with no need for zeroing.
The Negev LMG 5.56mm is a lightweight
configuration machinegun with semi automatic
or automatic mode capability allowing maximum
firepower for an infantry combat platoon. In addition,
the company tries to answer the demands of the
market with new products. One example is the ACE
7.62mm assault rifle.
IWI knows that some armies want new, advanced
assault rifles but often are reluctant to change the
ammunition they fire. This is the reason for the
development of an ACE version of its assault rifle
using 7.62mm ammunition. The ACE family of assault
rifles is based upon the reliable mechanism of the
famous GALIL. The ACE incorporates enhanced
human engineering and ergonomics in keeping with
the demands of the modern battlefield.
The company says that ACE family of assault
rifles offers the ultimate solutions for modern warfare
requirements of high accuracy and reliability. The
ACE assault rifle is battle proven under the most
extreme conditions worldwide. The ACE 31 and
the ACE 32 assault rifles use standard 7.62x39mm
ammunition. This according to the company offers
the ultimate solution for many military forces around
the world intending to replace their weapons with a
modern and innovate one, but not wishing to change
Aeronautics is another unmanned air systems
(UAS) manufacturer with some unique products. The
company won a contract to supply its Orbiter 2 to
Finland and deliveries are underway. Last year the
Finnish Ministry of Defence selected this UAS for
its operational needs. The contract includes 52 mini
UAS systems each comprising a ground station and
four air platforms.
The orbiter-2 has a 1 meter long fuselage and a
wing span of 3 meters. It has 3.5 hours endurance
with a 10 kg. maximum takeoff weight.
According to Dany Eshchar, Aeronautics Deputy
CEO for Marketing and Sales, 20 systems will be
supplied by year's end.
The company official revealed that Finland is
showing interest in the larger Orbiter 3 version
which has an endurance of 7-8 hours. It is currently
equipped with a 3 kg payload but soon will be
replaced by a more advanced one. This cooled IR
payload will produce better quality images.
The Orbiter 3 is launched from a catapult and
recovered vertically by opening a parachute and
airbag. The Orbiter 3 can perform any ISTAR mission,
including target designation.
The company has recently resumed the marketing
of its Dominator XP unmanned air system (UAS) and
is now offering the platform with a variety of systems
After a financial crisis followed by restructuring, the
Israeli company has resumed its export efforts.
Aeronautics says that the Dominator XP has great
potential because it is a big platform with two engines,
based on the Diamond DA-42 twin-engine aircraft.
The Dominator XP can achieve an endurance of 28
hours and is capable of carrying a 300 kg. payload
with a maximum takeoff weight of 2000 kg.
Maximum altitude is 30,000 feet and maximum
speed is 190 knots. The Dominator is aimed at the
high end of the MALE UAS market.
A Dominator XP is operated by CAE in Alma,
Quebec under Project Miskam, which means "to find"
in the Innu language.
CAE and Aeronautics are demonstrating how
unmanned systems can be used for commercial
applications such as remote inspection of pipelines
and hydroelectric installations, surveillance of forest
fires, observation of critical natural resources,
assessing natural disasters and a range of other
applications combined with a diverse array of sensors
suitable for civil, homeland security and defence-
related market requirements.
CAE performs a wide range of intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services.
The Urban Aeronautics AirMule ducted fan VTOL
aircraft is being tested with new propellers designed
and manufactured by the Israeli company.
Urban Aeronautics manufactured 12 composite
blades for the two
six bladed rotors now installed on the aircraft.
These have replaced the four bladed rotors used
since the beginning of 2010.
Dr. Rafi Yoeli, president of Urban Aeronautics said
that the test flights with the new blades performed
so far proved that they extended the performance
envelop of the AirMule.
In a parallel effort Urban Aeronautics is
accelerating the assembly of a second AirMule
prototype in preparation for a series of demonstration
flights requested by potential customers.
The ducted fan platform is aimed at performing
MedEvac missions in combat as well as resupply
missions. The ducted fan design will allow the
AirMule to rescue people from high-rise buildings
by flying close to windows. This will be possible
because the ducted fan leaves the platform "clean"
unlike a helicopter that has a rotor limiting its access
to a building.
UVision has recently released first details of
the latest versions of its HERO-30 expendable
reconnaissance UAS , and the HERO-400 Loitering
The Hero-30 (formerly designated 'Wasp') is a
small 3kg expendable unmanned reconnaissance
vehicle supporting small tactical units and Special
Forces. Hero-30 is a zero-maintenance personal
reconnaissance asset, launched from a small canister
and electrically powered, resulting in a minimal
tactical footprint and extreme ease of deployment on
According to the Israeli company, it provides a full
half-hour of mission time to accommodate the needs
of front line units engaged in combat and potentially
The Hero-400 (formerly designated 'Blade Arrow')
is a medium-size 40 kg loitering munition powered
by a gasoline engine. The payload comprises an
advanced electro-optical day/night imaging sensor
and an 8 kg. warhead. Hero-400 can loiter for four
hours, and engage fixed or moving high-value targets.
Supporting missions at ranges of up to 150km, Hero-
400 provides the tactical commander an affordable,
quick-reaction precision strike capability. Ù
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