Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently performed a successful demonstration of its Rotem unmanned aerial system.
According to the company, the demo covered end-to-end capabilities of the Rotem, including fast assault of miniature target with utmost precision. The demonstration was held under tough field and weather conditions, highlighting the system’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to low signature enemy in a threatened space, IAI added.
Rotem is a lightweight, lethal assault (“suicide”) drone with combat head and vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. As such, it is suitable for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions, as well as for assault missions.
The Rotem is designed to be launched in seconds during dismounted maneuver with no special aids. It can be carried, deployed and operated by a single warfighter. The system, which folds into 38x7x5 inches, offers several automated modes, including Emergency Return Home, NAV-TO Coordinates, Route, Observation, Attack, Abort Safe Ditch and Auto Takeoff & Landing. The UAS can be dynamically re-tasked during an active mission, including transition from forward flight to hover/crawl speed and vice-versa.
Boaz Levy, EVP and General Manager of IAI’s Systems, Missiles & Space Group, said, “The pilot in which we have proved the complete capability range of the Rotem constitutes a quantum leap. I believe that a UAS that combines reconnaissance and surveillance, terrain dominance, combination of various sensors and assault capabilities adds significant value to the forces, with an emphasis on complex warfare situations that require fast, accurate, and available response to battlefield threats. The Rotem, with its multiple capabilities, constitutes a unique platform for enhancing land warfare.”