Israeli Rescue UAV Completes First Live Demo
Aeronautics Tactical Robotics developed an unmanned aerial vehicle that can evacuate casualties from hostile or obstructed terrain
Israeli aeronautics company Tactical Robotics Ltd. has completed a first live demonstration of its unmanned aerial rescue vehicle to representatives of the Israeli military, the company announced last week.
The UAV, dubbed the "Cormorant,” can take-off and land vertically, fly inside obstructed terrains, and evacuate two people while being controlled remotely by operators on the ground.
Tactical Robotics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics Ltd., develops air vehicle configurations for military and homeland security uses. Based in central Israel, Urban Aeronautics is a developer and manufacturer of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), multi-mission unmanned aircraft.
Today, military casualties evacuation processes make heavy use of helicopters, but those make easy targets for anti-aircraft missiles and require wide landing area. The Cormorant, on the other hand, can land almost anywhere, is controlled remotely by operators on the ground, and is cheaper and easier to operate and maintain.