By Arie Egozi
Israeli company Aeronautics has unveiled the Orbiter-4, the new version in this family of small tactical UAS.
The Orbiter 4 has a max take-off weight of 110 pounds and can carry two payloads. The company says that it has an endurance of 24 hours.
Dany Eshchar, Aeronautics deputy CEO said that the new UAS can simultaneously carry multiple payloads, extending its ISTAR capabilities. “With its ease-of-use, low logistical footprint and small crew of 3 personnel, Orbiter 4, suits all operational needs “
He added that the Orbiter-4 has a “small logistic tail” and a small “mission signature”, facts that enables units to operate it very near to the battle zone, with a very small crew and with the capability to stay hidden until launch.
The Orbiter-4 has a wing span of 18 feet, and max takeoff weight of 110 pounds and can carry payloads with a max weight of 26 pounds.
Line of sight communication range is 93 miles, max speed is 70 kts and service ceiling is 18.000 feet.
Eshchar said that the Orbiter is aimed for missions similar to these performed today by the RQ-7 Shadow “but with greater flexibility and less work load.