IAI Eitan Unmanned aerial vehicle

The IAI Eitan, also known as Heron TP, is a reconnaissance Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed in Israel in the early 2000s by the Israel Aerospace Industries.[1]

A medium-altitude, long endurance UAV, the Eitan can operate at altitudes above commercial air traffic and features all-weather capability, de-icing systems, automatic takeoff and landing systems, and triple-redundant avionics. IAI Eitan is a high-wing cantilever monoplane with wings of high aspect ratio and it has retractable chassis. A single turboprop engine is mounted in the rear fuselage, driving a pusher propeller. Construction throughout is of composite materials.[1]

IAI Eitan
IAI Eitan at the Le Bourget Air Show, 2007.   [2] 1

Specifications: [1][4]

Capacity 2000 kg payload
Max takeoff weight   4650 kg
Length 13 m
Wingspan 26 m
Powerplant 1 x Pratt & Whitney PT6A, 900 kW
Range 7400 km
Endurance 70 hours
Service ceiling 14000 m
Cruising speed 296 km/h
Maximum speed 460 km/h

The onboard equipment of IAI Eitan includes: systems of tracking and target detection (in the optical, infrared, and radio diapasons), satellite navigation. There are plans to equip it with the means of fire control and strike systems.[4]



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