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Searcher III  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2010
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Searcher Mk III
Origin: Israel
Corporations: Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI)
Parent System: Searcher
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Searcher II
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Description: The Searcher is a multi mission tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS) used for surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, artillery adjustment and damage assessment and developed by IAI in the 1990s. It was designed to meet present and future requirements for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in support of the Israel Air Force as well as export customers. The air vehicle design provides excellent engine and aerodynamics performance and handling qualities while the ground control station was designed to provide compatibility with other UAV systems produced by Israel. So far the Searcher family includes the Mk I, Mk II and Mk III models.

The Searcher air vehicles are equipped with electro-optical and infrared sensors (EO/IR) delivering real-time imagery and video collected over the battlefield or hostile territory. Besides, it can be fitted with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) replacing the EO/IR sensors. Communications and control between the UAV and the ground control center are done via a line-of-sight datalink or an airborne data relay for beyond line of sight operations. In the event of communications via datalink are lost the air vehicle will return automatically to its base. The Searcher's takeoff and landing operations do not require the operator because they are fully automated.

The Searcher Mk III, also known as Searcher III, is an improved variant of the Searcher II incorporating winglets, a low noise 4-stroke engine, composite materials to minimized radar cross section (RCS), ease of operation and maintenance, and adverse weather capability. Besides, the Mk III variant introduces two simultaneous Autonomous Take Off and Landing (ATOL) systems and redundant avionics for maximum safety. It can be fitted with the MOSP EO/IR sensor pod or alternatively Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) payload or Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) sensor.

Compared to the Searcher Mk II, the Mk III air vehicle can stay longer airborne and go farther while it carries a heavier payload. In addition, it can also fly higher.

Searcher III Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Dimensions
Length: 5.85 meter (19.2 foot)
Wingspan: 8.55 meter (28.1 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 23,000 foot (7,010 meter)
Max Range: 350 kilometer (189 nautical mile)
Time
Flight Endurance: 18 hour (0.75 day)
Weight
Max Takeoff Weight: 436 kilogram (961 pound)
Payload: 120 kilogram (265 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Searcher III News

There is 1 news
on 27 Mar 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012Azerbaijan Ordered SAM and Anti-Ship Missiles, a Green Pine Radar and UAVs from Israel in 2011

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