Berlin 2018: Aeronautics Group will present variety of UAS’s and VTOL’s

Berlin 2018: Aeronautics Group will present variety of UAS’s and VTOL’s

Aeronautics Group, a leading UAS manufacturer, will be presenting a wide range of comprehensive defense solutions and UAS platforms at ILA Berlin 2018. The company will present its newest UAS – the multi-mission Orbiter 4, and the PSS – A leading solution, worldwide, for border protection, military bases and strategic facilities.

Aeronautics’ line of UA platforms include the Pegasus 120 rotary wing drone, the Aerostar, and state-of-the-art unmanned mini UAS– the Orbiter family. The orbiter family includes Orbiter 4 multi-mission STUAS, Orbiter 1K loitering unmanned system, Orbiter 2 mini UAS, and Orbiter 3 Small Tactical UAS.

Amos Mathan, Aeronautics Group CEO: “Aeronautics Group develops innovative yet cost-effective solutions, which offer maximum abilities with minimum constraints. We offer to our defense and civil customers small tactical airstrip independent UAS’s with high performance characteristics and a small logistic footprint”.

Dany Eshchar, Aeronautics Deputy CEO for Marketing & Sales: “Aeronautics Group provides a comprehensive solution for the protection of borders and strategic facilities. The PSS solution includes a helium-filled balloon, a UAS, a VTOL, and Command and Control Center – all together offering a defense solution for a large area”.

Aeronautics Group UAS’s are deployed in more than 50 different countries around the world, and provide high-end aerial solutions for Defence Para-military ,HLS missions and Civil Solutions. Aeronautics unmanned aerial systems are ideal for land, sea and air operations, and have already accumulated hundreds of thousands of operational flight hours worldwide.

The highlight of the exhibition will be the Orbiter 4 that offers high transportability, without the need for a take-off and landing strip. The revolutionary Orbiter 4 UAS features advanced technological capabilities including: ability to carry and operate 2 payloads simultaneously, endurance of up to 24 hours, use of satellite communication, versatility without the need for a landing strip, Maritime Patrol Radar (MPR), cellular interception sensor that is fully operational from take-off throughout the mission until landing under GPS denied conditions, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and Controp’s advanced XR electro-optic payload.


The Orbiter 4 STUAS/NSUAS is an advanced multi-mission platform with an ability to carry and operate two different payloads simultaneously. With an open architecture, the Orbiter 4 can be specially adjusted for the needs of each client or mission. Among the different payloads the Orbiter 4 can carry are:

  • Maritime patrol radar (MPR)
  • Cellular interception sensor – which allows Orbiter 4 to conduct ISR missions over different theaters exploiting various communication technologies in-use by targets. The sensor overcomes ground intelligence collection constraints of inaccessible areas and LOS limitations, while expanding coverage and ensuring covert operation.
  • Satellite communication
  • Controp’s advanced XR electro-optic payload
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

The Orbiter 4 is continuing the evolution of the Orbiter line and the Small Tactical UAS, and delivers top mission performance with the lightest, most versatile, and most advanced covert platform available today, and is ideal for both land and maritime operations. Based on the successful aerodynamic structure and properties of the Orbiter 3 STUAS, Orbiter 4 exclusive abilities include maximum endurance of more than 24 hours, maximum takeoff weight of 50 KG, maximum flight altitude of 18,000 feet and an ability to carry and operate two different payloads simultaneously.

With Advanced Image Processing Capabilities, Automatic takeoff and recovery system and an ability to navigate with and without GPS and data link, The Orbiter 4 delivers the same capabilities as other Tactical platforms operational today, but with better endurance, serviceability, operational flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Airstrip independent and operated by 3 personnel, the Orbiter 4 is easy to use and maintain, and carries a low logistical footprint. The orbiter 4 is ideal for maritime applications including deep sea and coastal reconnaissance, and is able to take-off and land on any type of vessel, without the need for a flight deck.

Pegasus 120 Tactical VTOL UAS image004 1

Pegasus 120 is Aeronautics’ first multi rotor platform. With a maximum payload weight of up to 75 KG and an ability to carry multiple payloads including COMINT, VISINT and Logistics, the Pegasus 120 is designed especially for defense and security missions. Due to its extraordinary carrier and endurance capabilities, The Pegasus 120 is unique in the category of heavy lifters VTOL UAS’s, and is ideal for Defense, Homeland security and civil missions, as well as for Special Forces and special missions.

Orbiter 1K

The Orbiter 1K is a loitering unmanned system. Given a specific waypoint, the loitering Orbiter 1K can detect and destroy a moving or a stationary target. The system can also operate on the base of a given area range: the Orbiter 1K independently scans the area, detects and destroys the target – moving or stationary. In case the target wasn’t detected or in any change of plans, the system’s recovery capability allows it to return to its base camp and land safely using a parachute and an airbag. Launched from a catapult, the Orbiter 1K can fly for 2-3 hours, carrying a multi-sensor camera with day-and-night channels.

The Orbiter 1K loitering system is compact and easily controlled from a personal GCS. Featuring a highly transportable vehicle-mounted system and a small physical footprint for covert operations and advanced avionics, the Orbiter 1K is ideal for defense as well as border security missions.

Orbiter 2 mini UAS

The Orbiter 2 UAS is a compact and lightweight system which offers extended endurance and range, while operated by a crew of only two personnel. The Orbiter 2 UAS carries a multi-sensor camera with day-and-night channels and a laser pointer, gyro-stabilized with tri-sensor and zoom payload and can fly for 4 hours and to a distance of up to 80 km. Easy to operate and quickly assembled, the system is launched from a catapult and lands using a parachute and an airbag. Delivering advanced image processing, accurate navigation, and net landing capability for maritime operations, The Orbiter 2 UAS is operational even in the harshest weather conditions and is easily controlled from a personal GCS. The Orbiter 2 system is currently operated by high-end customers all around the world.

Orbiter 3 Small Tactical UAS

The Orbiter 3 STUAS is a compact and lightweight system for military and homeland security missions, providing an operational range of up to 100 km and up to 7 hours of endurance. Carrying a triple sensor payload with day-and-night, thermal image and laser pointer, the system has significant tactical UAS capabilities in a mini-aerial platform body. Assembled in 20 minutes, the fully-autonomous, vehicle-mounted system enables static and on-the-move operation. Providing a tri-sensor and stabilized EO/IR payload, it uses a catapult take-off and a parachute and airbag recovery, and is electrically powered for silent covert operation. The Orbiter 3 STUAS is suited for land as well as maritime environments, and requiring a very small logistic footprint. The Orbiter 3 system was sold to and is currently operated by high-end customers all around the world.

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