Embention and IAI cargo helicopter – Drones Information
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in collaboration with domestic and foreign companies, has developed an unmanned vehicle for the Ministry’s weapons development administration.
The project objective is the development of a small UAV or drone capable of autonomously flying a distance of at least 8 km with a load capacity of 150 liters and a minimum weight of 60 kg, as determined by the ministry.
The drone mission consists of transporting a package to a specific location on the battlefield, dropping the cargo (landing or not) and getting back to the base as quickly as possible while flying completely autonomously.
For this purpose, a helicopter design with a main rotor for lifting and a second rotor for steering was chosen. The IAI drone is based on a heavy lift helicopter constructed in a lightweight structure with an uncovered chassis, reducing the aircraft weight to the limits of technology. This heavy lift UAV can lift 180 kilograms with a top speed of 150 kilometers per hour and is a unique system in its category.
The control of the heavy lifting drone is completely autonomous with the installation of a high-performance autopilot system that adds the intelligence necessary to the system to carry out this type of autonomous missions.
IAI worked closely with employees to thoroughly test the heavy-duty system under the strictest safety criteria. The reliability of the system was ensured at all times and geared towards the full success of every mission carried out.
This innovative drone is capable of transporting a wide variety of loads and cargo for special forces, such as a team of soldiers performing a covert mission while ambushed by enemy forces, right now. The heavy load being carried may include, for example, weapons, ammunition, observation equipment, batteries, or food and water, as it is safer than using traditional manned ground vehicles which are at risk of being hit by explosives.