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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: ?
Origin: Israel
Corporations: Aeronautics Defense Systems
Parent System: Orbiter
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Orbiter is a day/night, compact, lightweight, tail-less Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MUAV) developed by Aeronautics Defense Systems to perform homeland security and tactical military missions. The system represents the ultimate solution for Over The Hill reconnaissance missions, Low Intensity Conflicts and Urban warfare operations as well as any close range Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission. It has been designed to fly missions of 2.5 to 3 hours at ranges of up to 40 kilometers using a mini ground directional antenna. A single Orbiter system consists of a two-man crew, launch and control equipment and an air vehicle fitting into one backpack.

The Orbiter is powered by an electric motor and is designed for use by a single operator. It features autonomous launch and recovery modes using a catapult and a parachute respectively. It can fly both operator directed via a line-of-sight data link or pre-programmed flight paths. The air vehicle is equipped with advanced avionics, state-of-the-art payloads, advanced data link system, and an accurate navigation system combining GPS and INS. Its electric motor provides a low acoustic signature which enhances the survivability on the theater of operations while flying between 500-to-2,000-ft (150-to-700 meters) of altitude. Each Orbiter system includes three air vehicles.

Orbiter Specifications

Crew: 0
System Crew: 2
Height: 0.30 meter
Length: 1 meter (39.4 inch)
Wingspan: 2.20 meter (87 inch)
Ceiling: 18,000 foot (5,486 meter)
Operational Altitude: 2,000 foot (610 meter)
Radius of Operation: 40 kilometer
Cruise Speed: 65 knot (120 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 75 knot (139 kph)
Flight Endurance: 3 hour (180 minute)
Max Takeoff Weight: 6.50 kilogram (14.3 pound)
Payload: 1.50 kilogram (3.31 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Orbiter News

There are 5 news between
27 Jul 2007 and 14 May 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009Three Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Complete Simultaneous Flight Demonstration
Tuesday, February 24, 2009AAI Flies New Orbiter Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System
Monday, September 29, 2008AAI and Aeronautics Defense Systems Team to Provide Orbiter Unmanned Aircraft
Thursday, May 1, 2008Orbiter Mini UAV and Lynx MLRS in Successful Long-Range Artillery Targeting Exercise
Friday, July 27, 2007Polish Army Selects Aeronautics as Supplier of Orbiter Mini UAV Systems

Operators & Related Equipment

Azerbaijan ordered 60 Orbiter and Aerostar UAVs in 2011
Not confirmed, sold in May 2008?
Six systems with three air vehicles each

Grand Total 187
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