Forces using the Orbiter 4 will be able to select launch and/or landing using a parachute or VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) depending on the mission.
Press Release, Yavne, 30 May 2022: Aeronautics Group – a leading provider of integrated holistic solutions based on unmanned systems platforms, payloads and communications for defence and HLS applications – is to unveil the Orbiter 4 system with a flexible VTOL capability.
The VTOL kit provides superior mission capabilities and offers maximum flexibility for all-terrain mission success. The operational forces will, for the first time, be able to adjust the Orbiter 4 for optimal mission profiles whenever and wherever required. The operator can select whether to take-off and land the UAS using a traditional Orbiter 4 (launcher and parachute) and to benefit from outstanding endurance of 24 hours, or to attach the VTOL kit for accurate take-off and landing with reduced endurance.
“One of the most important needs in the modern battlefield is the ability to operate systems flexibly, depending on changing conditions,” says Matan Perry, Chief Marketing Officer and VP Sales at Aeronautics. “In response to this need, we have developed the Orbiter 4 VTOL kit. Our goal was to keep the superior advantages of the Orbiter 4 as the most advanced UAS in its segment while adding extra flexibility and more autonomy to field personnel.
“Aeronautics offers a broad portfolio of technologies and capabilities for aerial unmanned systems. To date, the Orbiter 4 system has been demonstrated in a variety of advanced missions around the world, both on land and at sea, and we are confident that the new kit will serve our range of customers around the world.”
About Orbiter 4: Measure for measure, Orbiter 4 delivers higher capabilities than other tactical platforms in operation today, with greater endurance, serviceability, operational flexibility and cost-effectiveness. An advanced tactical UAS, multi-mission platform with versatile payloads, optional BLOS operation and extraordinary endurance for all weather conditions, it retains the legacy capabilities of the combat-proven Orbiter UAS family. Suitable for both land and maritime operations, the system can simultaneously carry multiple payloads, extending its ISTAR capabilities. Easy to use, with a low logistical footprint and a small crew, the runway-free Orbiter 4 STUAS aircraft suits all operational needs.