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Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

IAI's Electric Tethered Observation Platform enters a phase of Advanced Development

Apr 5, 2011

Israel Aerospace Industries' Electric Tethered Observation Platform (ETOP) is entering a phase of advanced development.

ETOP is a purely electrically-powered, tethered, airborne platform which can be used for observation, surveillance and other applications.

Part of IAI's new product line of hovering aerial vehicles (HAV), ETOP is designed for a variety of military, civilian as well as paramilitary missions.

The quiet ETOP is best suited in both the ground and maritime arenas, where a quick response and long endurance are needed for such homeland security challenges as critical infrastructure or border (land or coastal) protection, and enhancing security at large events.

ETOP can either be deployed from a maritime platform or from a moving ground vehicle or static station. The HAV can carry a payload of up to 20kg and operated up to a maximum altitude of 100m at only the press of a button, thus eliminating the need for an operator.

Real-time data is received directly by decision-makers thus providing them with a situational-awareness picture from either one or several platforms.

Rapid deployment and dataflow to relevant users make the ETOP an essential aerial asset.

Use of ETOP does not require Civil Aviation Administration authorization or frequency allocation, which simplifies its use in any scenario, whether civil or military.

Since being first unveiled at Eurosatory in 2010, ETOP has participated in several international trade shows where it was the center of attraction.

ETOP combines an electrically-powered aerial platform and a ground system which includes the means for automatic deployment, cables, and a mission management unit. The system is also available with designated vehicles mounted with an ETOP platform that can be used with a variety of mission payloads, compatible with customer needs.

For further information, please contact:
Doron Suslik
Deputy Corporate VP for Communications
Tel: 972 (3) 935-8509
Fax: 972 (3) 935-8512
e-mail: hpaz@iai.co.il

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