IAI Eitan Reconnaissance UAV

IAI Eitan Reconnaissance UAV

IAI Eitan is a reconnaissance Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed in Israel in the early 21st century by the Malat division of Israel Aerospace Industries. The aircraft is a newer version of the IAI Heron.

Role : Reconnaissance UAV
National origin : Israel
Manufacturer : IAI
First flight : ca. 2004
Introduced : Gaza War
Developed from : IAI Heron

The Eitan can operate at altitudes above commercial air traffic and features all-weather capability, de-icing systems, automatic takeoff and landing (ATOL) systems, and triple-redundant avionics.

The Eitan was publicly unveiled at a media event at Tel Nof Airbase on 8 October 2007. The sensors fitted on this occasion included a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mounted in a pod on the aircraft’s belly, a multi-sensor payload carried under its nose, and two conformal signals intelligence (SIGINT) arrays

– General characteristics

  • Crew: none
  • Capacity: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb) payload
  • Max takeoff weight: 4,650 kg (10,250 lb)
  • Length: 14.00 m (46 ft in)
  • Wingspan: 26.00 m (86 ft in)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A, 900 kW (1,200 hp) each

– Performance

  • Range: 7,400+[16] km (4,600+ miles)
  • Endurance: 36 hours  0 min
  • Service ceiling: 13,700 m (40,000 Ft ft)
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