IAI showcasing mini-UAV

Aug. 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A mini rotary UAV system is being presented at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America exhibition in Washington by Israel Aerospace Industries.

AIA's Ghost weighs about 9 pounds and provides real-time intelligence to ground forces operating in urban areas.

Ghost is equipped with an automatic vertical takeoff and landing system and can loiter for up to 30 minutes. It is powered by twin rotary electric engines.

"The unique man-machine interface and operational concept is based on the principles of computer games and makes the system extremely intuitive to operate and requires little training," AIA said.

The entire system can be carried in backpacks by two soldiers and includes two platforms, batteries and a command-and-control unit with communications.

"The innovative concepts used to develop Ghost highlight IAI's goal to do its utmost to support the ground forces," IAI President and Chief Executive Officer Itzhak Nissan said. "Ghost demonstrates IAI's leading technology and know-how gathered through years of experience in unmanned aerial systems."

The conference and exhibition by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International begins Aug. 16.

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