Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Israeli Aerospace Industries unveiled the Panther tilt-rotor drone today, providing the Jewish State with another notch on its belt as a world leader in UAV Technology. Like the V-22 Osprey, the Panther can take off like a traditional helicopter and then fly like a fixed wing aircraft once in the air. Aviation Weekly reported, "An intriguing option is the Panther's ability to hover or land quietly in enemy territory, conduct surveillance like a ground sensor and then take off again." The IAI has produced large, long-range UAV's, as well as the Mosquito, which weights 1.1 lbs and has a flight average of 30-40 minutes. The Panther was designed to fill in the operational gaps between their largest and smallest UAV's.