In the UAV field, companies highlighted primarily the small
platforms. The German EMT company discussed their new Fancopter
, a micro UAV designed for surveillance missions in urban terrain.
Other UAVs at Defendory included the Skylite
B from RAFAEL, which recently made its combat debut, flown
by RAFAEL's teams operating in support of IDF ground troops
during the August 2006 war in Lebanon. RAFAEL also displayed
its unmanned surface vessel, the Protector.
Robots, a domestic producer of robotic platforms introduced
several new platforms, including a lightweight weapon carrier,
demonstrated with two RPG launchers and an elevated surveillance
platform, utilizing a small jet turbine to keep the tethered
platform in position, elevated at about 1000 meters
for up to 50 hours. The platform has several windows mounting
various surveillance means, providing complete hemisphere coverage.
Two other UAVs represented at the show follow more traditional
approaches – the Night Intruder 2, developed by Korea
Aerospace Industries can carry payloads of a total weight of
45 kg on missions of nine hours and the Iranian Ababil S, (swallow)
a version of the Ababil platform produced by Iran's Aircraft
Manufacturing Industry. The vehicle was displayed with a large
stabilized electro-optical payload system, different from previously
shown integral, blended sensors. If the Ababil actually uses
this payload, it is most likely to deploy from catapult and
retrieved by parachute and airbag system.