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Bird Eye begins serial production

13th June 2016 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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IAI has commenced serial production of hundreds of BirdEye 650D small tactical UAS, it announced on 8 June.

The Bird Eye 650D has been designed for paramilitary and military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). It can conduct autonomous missions such as point recovery and point take-off, with an endurance of up to 15 hours and range of up to 150km.

Commercial applications for the Bird Eye 650D include rapid surveillance of disaster areas; management of water and pollution over land and maritime areas; and mapping, monitoring oil, gas and electrical distribution lines.

The Bird Eye 650D is a generic platform that can be configured with various payloads, such as passive RWR/RWL electronic countermeasures and electro-optical gimballed payloads across various spectral bands. It can also deploy communications jamming near the enemy, serving in an EW role.

Baruch Bonen, vice president and general manager, Malat division, IAI, said: ‘Bird Eye 650D is the most advanced product in the STUAS category. IAI developed the Bird Eye 650D as a versatile platform that can be successful in both the commercial and military markets, given the wide range of applications, ease of use and affordability. We are excited to begin full-scale production.’

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