Daily Israel Report

Israel Exporting ‘Green Energy’ UAV

The IDF’s “green energy” unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) named the Birdeye runs on electricity and is being purchased by foreign armies.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/19/2011, 1:12 PM

'Birdeye' mini-UAV
'Birdeye' mini-UAV
IDF website

The IDF’s “green energy” unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) named the Birdeye runs on electricity and is being purchased by foreign armies.

The Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI), a main IDF aerial system supplier, has developed the mini-UAV, which is powered by electricity and is designed for reconnaissance missions.

It has a range of 20 kilometers (approximately 12 miles). Its mobile battery makes it relatively easy to be recharged in the field.

"The operators do not require much training since the UAV is fully automated", explained Alex Greenberg, project representative at the IAI. "The project is very popular, and we have clients from all over the world".

Another project, ENFICA-FC, was set up in order to design a short-range, environmentally friendly aircraft, propelled by fuel cells. The project was initiated in cooperation with Italy, Czech Republic, and Britain, and pioneers the idea of using fuel cell technology instead of large amounts of oil.

"In order to ‘get our hands dirty' and to learn more about the technology, we've used a Czech, two-seated airplane, powered by fuel cells", explained Tzvi Shavit of the IAI. "We replaced its engine with fuel cells.”

The unmanned aircraft's longest flight lasted 40 minutes at 150 KMH.