Israel's Elbit Systems announced Sunday that its THOR multi-rotor Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) mini Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) successfully completed a series of environmental durability tests ahead of the delivery of more than 1,000 units to an army in Southeast Asia.
As announced on October 6, 2019, the company was awarded a $153 million contract to provide a networked multi-layered UAS array to a Southeast Asian army, including more than 1,000 THOR drones.
The tests measured the operational durability of the THOR VTOL mini-UAS under a range of extreme environmental conditions and its capability to withstand the physical stress requirements under the MIL-STD-810, a US Department of Defense equipment testing standard.
The tests demonstrated the capability of THOR to maintain operability in temperatures varying from minus 40C up to 65C, withstand hard gusting rain and rough vibrations, and resist penetration and damage from blowing sand and dust, according to Elbit.
The THOR is designed for surveillance and reconnaissance missions over land and at sea. Electrically propelled, THOR is capable of carrying payloads of up to three kg and operating for up to 75 minutes, with a maximum range of 10 kilometers and a flight ceiling of up to 2,000 ft.