Orbiter 4 UAS: Advanced Multi-mission Platform Introduced

Orbiter 4 STUAS Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) - Aviatorsbuzz
Orbiter 4 STUAS Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Source: Aeronautics

Every country is augmenting its air security with various technologies that are coupled with artificial intelligence and require minimal manhandling.

In this spree, Israeli drone company Aeronautics has been working on its Orbiter line to build an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that can cater to the requirement of an aerial system which can operate in any condition with minimal human interference.

The company has introduced the Orbiter 4 Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial System or STUAS, an advanced multi-mission platform with extraordinary and versatile carrier, mission and endurance capabilities.

Orbiter 4 STUAS claims to deliver ‘top mission’ performance with its lightest, most versatile and most advanced covert platform available today, for both land and maritime operations. The UAV lists out capabilities of simultaneously carrying multiple payloads, extending its intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities. With its ease-of-use, low logistical footprint and small crew of 3 personnel, Orbiter 4, the runway-free aircraft suits all operational needs.

Orbiter 4 builds on the successful system design of the Orbiter 3 STUAS, with its advanced avionics, communications and ground control features and applications. The acclaimed legacy capabilities of the field-proven Orbiter UAS family remain. Measure for measure, Orbiter 4 will deliver the same capabilities as the tactical platforms operational today, but with better endurance, serviceability, operational flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

Last year, Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial system has carried out a record-breaking 25 hour flight, setting a new endurance record for the company’s flagship platform. The flight was performed at mission altitude carrying the T-stamp EO payload with laser capabilities.

Manufactured by the Israeli drone company Aeronautics, the Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial system is the company’s most advanced tactical UAS, the compact, light-weight system being used by military and homeland security officials with an operating range of up to 150 km.

The multi-mission UAS is a versatile and light platform and is capable of extending its ISTAR missions  with the capability to stay in the air for 25 hours.

According to Aeronautics, the UAS has six different autonomous flight modes and can be used for artillery fire management and bomb damage assessment (BDA), target acquisition for precision-guided weapons, Communications Intelligence (COMINT), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and Electronic Warfare (EW).

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Nitin Konde
Nitin Konde is a freelance journalist with an experience of more than a decade. Being a freelancer, he has covered various domains in his field such as Sports, Biotechnology, Defence etc. and has been associated with brands like The Times of India, Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review Magazines. Since the last three years he has been focusing and writing extensively on the defence sector, he is here to share his expertise with our readers on AviatorsBuzz.

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