Unmanned system sets flight endurance record


An Israeli company’s unmanned aerial system designed for military and homeland defense completed an Israeli record-breaking 25-hour flight in December 2019, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post newspaper.

The Orbiter 4 is Aeronautics Ltd.’s most advanced tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

The lightweight system has an operating range of up to 150 kilometers, the company stated. With its endurance capabilities, the UAS extends its intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions.

The company reported that the Orbiter 4 can be used for artillery fire management and bomb damage assessment, target acquisition for precision-guided weapons, communications intelligence, electronic intelligence and electronic warfare.

Operated by a crew of three, the runway-free aircraft is highly portable and easily deployable. With a low silhouette and silent flight mode, the advanced covert platform is available for both land and maritime operations and can be used in all weather conditions.