A video of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) new Panther UAV shows off the revolutionary tilt-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for tactical missions. The Panther, unveiled at the Latrun Conference last week, will be exhibited for the first time internationally at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA) 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C., October 25-27. This new line of UAVs includes also the "Mini Panther".
Itzhak Nissan, President and CEO of IAI, said: "The Panther's intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, along with its effective use of changing flight dynamics, make it a unique and invaluable asset on the tactical battlefield for the Israel Defense Forces and for foreign customers. We consider the innovative technology used in this system to be ground-breaking."
With its three ultra-quiet electrical motors, the Panther, which weighs roughly 65 kg (143 pounds), can loiter for approximately six hours at an altitude of up to 10,000 feet, with a radius of operation of over 60 kilometers (37 miles). The Panther UAV carries IAI's Mini-POP (Plug-in Optronic Payload) - a day/night stabilized camera with a laser range finder, pointer or laser designator.
Prototypes of the Panther platform have conducted successful flight tests and will be operational by 2011.