Israeli drone Orbiter 4 breaks mission endurance record

Aeronautics Group’s Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial system has completed a record-breaking 25 hour flight, setting a new endurance record for the company’s flagship platform.

Israeli drone Orbiter 4 breaks mission endurance record Orbiter 4 (Picture source: Aeronautics Group)

“The flight was performed at mission altitude carrying the T-stamp EO payload with laser capabilities,” the company said in a statement on Sunday.

Manufactured by the Israeli drone company Aeronautics, the Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial system (UAS) is the company’s most advanced tactical UAS. The compact, light-weight system is used by military and homeland security officials and has an operating range of up to 150 km.

The Orbiter 4 STUAS, an advanced multi-mission platform with extraordinary and versatile carrier, mission and endurance capabilities. Orbiter 4 STUAS delivers top mission performance with its lightest, most versatile and most advanced covert platform available today, for both land and maritime operations.

The UAV can simultaneously carry multiple payloads, extending its ISTAR capabilities. With its ease-of-use, low logistical footprint and small crew of 3 personnel, Orbiter 4, the runway-free aircraft suits all operational needs.

Orbiter 4 builds on the successful system design of the Orbiter 3 STUAS, with its advanced avionics, communications and ground control features and applications. The acclaimed legacy capabilities of the fleld-proven Orbiter UAS family remain.

Measure for measure, Orbiter 4 will deliver the same capabilities as the tactical platforms operational today, but with better endurance, serviceability, operational flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

According to the company, the UAS has six different autonomous flight modes and can be used for artillery fire management and bomb damage assessment (BDA), target acquisition for precision-guided weapons, communications intelligence (COMINT), electronic intelligence (ELINT) and electronic warfare (EW).