IAI’s ETOP hovering UAV. Photo: IAI

HomeLand security organizations show a growing interest in hovering aerial vehicles (HAV).
The interest goes parallel to the development of new versions of HAV.

Israel aerospace industries (IAI) is for example developing new versions of HAV some none tethered. These are designed to carry a 100-200 kg payload.

The first IAI HAV that was exposed is the Electric Tethered Observation Platform (ETOP).
ETOP is designed for a variety of military, civilian as well as paramilitary missions.

According to the Israeli company the quiet ETOP is best suited in both the ground and maritime arenas, where a quick response and long endurance are needed.

ETOP can either be deployed from a maritime platform or from a moving ground vehicle or static station. It is capable of carrying a payload of up to 20kg and operates up to a maximum altitude of 100 meters.

ETOP combines an electrically-powered aerial platform and a ground system which includes the means for automatic deployment, cables, and a mission management unit.

In the coming months anti terror organization will be able to watch the IAI’s HAV in action and this will enable the company’s experts to adapt the platform to their needs.