Success for Israel Aircraft Industries' Hunter UAV in Europe and the United States
Dec 9, 2004
Belgium's Hunter UAV squadron protects the "Island of Beauty" in South Corsica
The United States Department of Homeland Security deploys Hunter UAVs for border patrol missions on the American-Mexican border
Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Malat Division's Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) demonstrates its maturity and its broad use by militaries and security organizations around the world. Statements issued by the Belgian Ministry of Defense and the United States Department of Homeland Security provide operational scenarios of the Hunter's ability to function in a wide range of missions, under different geographical conditions.
November 21st, 2004: The Belgian Ministry of Defense*, reported that the Belgian Aerial Defense Division (la Composante Air de la Defense Belge) has deployed its UAV Squadron no. 80 to the Solenzara air base in South Corsica for the first time.
UAV Squadron no. 80, which operates the B-Hunter, is scheduled to join the EuroCorps for intelligence missions and is the first project of its kind for this squadron.
Hunter UAVs in Belgium conduct intelligence gathering, target acquisition of ground, aerial and naval targets, and civil missions, such as tracking forest fires and early detection of naval pollution.
November 18th, 2004: Northrop Grumman, who manufacture and assemble the RQ-5 Hunter in the United States, have announced** that two U.S. Army Hunter UAVs equipped with electro-optical infrared sensors have been deployed by the Department of Homeland Security as part of a program to detect illegal border traffic on the U.S. - Mexico border.
Chris Hernandez, Sector Vice President for Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems unit in San Diego, said that "Hunter UAVs provide a variety of battle-tested capabilities and sensor options that are well suited for border patrol operations."
In addition, says Hernandez, individuals on the ground may be unaware of the Hunter's activity because of its low visual profile at altitude and its quiet engine.
IAI's Malat Division designed and manufactured the Hunter for combat operations. Hunter missions include surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition and damage assessment. Hunter weighs about 700 kg, and is capable of flying 12 hours nonstop. Its wingspan is 8.9 meters and its maximum altitude is 18,000 ft. IAI's annual sales of UAVs and their sub-systems are estimated at $300 million.
*Taken from: "Service de presse de la de'fense", November 24, 2004
**Taken from: Northrop Grumman press release, November 18, 2004
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