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Israel Unveils Haunting ‘Ghost’ UAV

A new Israeli silent “Ghost” UAV designed to haunt terrorists, and a new optical weapon were unveiled this week.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/7/2011, 1:09 PM

A new Israeli silent “Ghost” UAV, designed to haunt terrorists and operate in urban areas both day and night, was unveiled at the Latrun Conference this week, near Jerusalem.

The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said its Ghost weighs only 19 pounds and provides real-time intelligence to ground forces operating in urban areas.

It is equipped with an automatic vertical takeoff and landing system and can loiter for up to 30 minutes silently, thanks to twin rotary electrical engines.

The Ghost’s interface and operational concept is based on the principles of computer games and makes the system extremely intuitive to operate and requires little training, IAI said. The entire system can be carried in backpacks by two soldiers.

Also unveiled at the conference was the new Othello Optical Hostile Fire Source Locator system, weighing 22 pounds and operable by only one soldier.

It can be mounted on top of light tactical armored vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles and airborne platforms and precisely locates the sources of hostile fire, including antitank guided missiles, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), artillery and gunfire.

Another Israeli innovation at the conference is an electric-powered, tethered airborne platform for observation and other applications, which can be deployed from a static or moving ground vehicle or station up to an altitude of 100 meters.