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15 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: Aeronautics Plans to Launch ORBITER 4 by End of 2016

At Eurosatory, in hall 6, on booth D732, Aeronautics, a leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of state-of-the-art unmanned systems for land, sea and air, integrating surveillance equipment with network information, disclosed it will soon launch a new Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platform it will call the ORBITER 4. The development of the ORBITER 4 has recently reached its final steps, and the new platform is expected to be fully introduced and launched toward the end of 2016. The ORBITER 4 is based on the successful aerodynamic structure and properties of the ORBITER 3 - Aeronautics’ Renowned small tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). ORBITER 4 exclusive abilities include maximum endurance of more than 24 hours, and a multi mission ability, based on the ORBITER 4 capability to carry and operate two different payloads simultaneously. Its other features include maximum takeoff weight of 50kg, maximum flight attitude of 18,000ft and 250km line of sight range.

"Aeronautics will continue to be at the forefront of technology, and together with our subsidiaries, the Aeronautics group will continue to provide cost-effective solutions for the most advanced Defense and HLS missions, all at a 'one stop shop'," Amos Mathan, Aeronautics' CEO, said. "Our products are deployed by more than 50 different defense and security forces worldwide, and have already accumulated hundreds of thousands of operational flight hours. We are pleased to participate and present our cutting edge products at Eurosatory 2016."

This year in Eurosatory, Aeronautics is presenting all current members of the Orbiter family: Orbiter 1K loitering unmanned system, ORBITER 2 mini UAS and ORBITER 3 STAUS, as well as the AEROSTAR BP.

The ORBITER 3 Small Tactical UAS (STUAS) is a compact and lightweight system for military and homeland security missions, providing an operational range of up to 100km and up to 7 hours of endurance. Carrying a triple sensor payload with day-and-night, thermal image and laser pointer, the system has significant tactical UAS capabilities in a mini-aerial platform body. Assembled in 20 minutes, the fully-autonomous, vehicle-mounted system enables static and on-the-move operation. Providing a tri-sensor and stabilised EO/IR payload, it uses a catapult take-off and a parachute and airbag recovery, and is electrically powered for silent covert operation. The ORBITER 3 STUAS is suited for land as well as maritime environments, and requiring a very small logistic footprint. The ORBITER3 system was sold to and is currently operated by high-end customers all around the world.

The ORBITER1K is a loitering unmanned system. Given a specific waypoint, the loitering Orbiter 1K can detect and destroy a moving or a stationary target. The system can also operate on the base of a given area range: the Orbiter 1K independently scans the area, detects and destroys the target – moving or stationary. In case the target wasn’t detected or in any change of plans, the system’s recovery capability allows it to return to its base camp and land safely using a parachute and an airbag. Launched from a catapult, the ORBITER 1K can fly for 2-3 hours, carrying a multi-sensor camera with day-and-night channels. The loitering system is compact and easily controlled from a personal GCS.

The ORBITER 2 UAS is a compact and lightweight system which offers extended endurance and range. The ORBITER 2 UAS carries a multi-sensor camera with day-and-night channels and a laser pointer, it is gyro-stabilised with tri-sensor and zoom payload and can fly for 4 hours and to a distance of up to 80 kilometres. Easy to operate and quickly assembled, the system is launched from a catapult and lands using a parachute and an airbag. Delivering advanced image processing, accurate navigation, and net landing capability for maritime operations, The ORBITER 2 UAS is operational even in the harshest weather conditions, and is easily controlled from a personal GCS. The ORBITER 2 system was sold to and is currently operated by high-end customers all around the world.

The AEROSTAR advanced tactical UAS is considered very efficient and cost effective, operationally simple, and involves a very small logistic footprint. It has a proven capability for take-off and landing using very short runways and in high altitude environments. The AEROSTAR platform, which weighs 230kg , is capable of reaching ceiling altitudes of 18,000 feet and operating at ranges of over 200km from its ground data terminal, which is connected via network to the ground control station. AEROSTAR  can carry a wide range of intelligence payloads, including day and night electro-optical payloads, radars, electronic reconnaissance systems and communication relays. The AEROSTAR UAS has been purchased and operated by 15 customers worldwide.