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Heron I built by IAI has been used in support of fire fighting operations on the Carmel mountain two years ago. Back then, the Heron was assigned to operational testing and was diverted to assist firefighters combatting the blaze that has killed 44 persons.
Heron I built by IAI will be one of the main attractions performing live display at AUS&R 2013

AUS&R 2013 sets the stage for the leading International Event of Unmanned Systems Technology originating in Israel. The highlight of AUS&R will be the largest live display of unmanned platforms – land, air, and naval systems. Ranging from 12 ton autonomous boats, 16 meter wingspan Heron-I class drones, tethered hovering platforms to miniature, portable systems – all systems will be performing live missions, some for the first time in public.

The AUS&R 2013 convention reached a significant milestone today, with eight of the displaying companies participating in the Preliminary Display Review (PDR), confirming the demonstration of 12 different platforms in the event’s live display. (Register now to attend AUS&R 2013)

According to the PDR, the dynamic demonstration will span over several segments throughout the day. “The program will offer opportunities for different systems to be demonstrated in realistic scenarios” Said Tamir Eshel, AUS&R Chairman. “This unprecedented display, here in Israel, provides a unique opportunity for top officials from international defense forces, HLS and first responder community, to witness firsthand how unmanned systems can be employed in a range of practical applications, from terrain dominance and surveillance, counter-terror, security and safety, to emergency response and firefighting – all will be demonstrated here at the AUS&R live display” Eshel added.

The largest Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) approved for participation so far, is the Heron I Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) multi-mission drone from IAI, carrying various electronic payloads such as radar and EO systems. The Heron I weighs over one ton, and its wingspan measures 16.60 meters.

The Orbiter 3 Small UAS from Aeronautics, will represent the ‘Small UAS’ range. It will be the first public flight demonstration of this type. The Orbiter 3 will demonstrate reconnaissance missions carrying a multi-sensor EO payload.

Another system to be displayed in live operation for the first time, is the Hovermast tethered platform from SkySapience, deployed from a vehicular platform. In addition the Spider Micro-UAS, developed by Innocon will also make its first live public demonstration debut here as well.

Bluebird Aero Systems will demonstrate two systems – the Spylite and the MicroB, a manpack tactical UAS system. The German Microdrones MD4-1000 VTOL UAS will also be displayed.

G-NIUS and Amstaff On Guard have both confirmed the participation of Unmanned Ground Vehicles. G-NIUS will showcase the Guardium II unmanned patrol system and TAGS robotic combat platform demonstrator, while the Amstaff 6 and Amstaff 8 will be shown configured for security and first response applications.

More drones, UGVs and USVs of Israeli and International origin are in the approval process for the live display. Additionally, many more systems will be shown in the static display.

The First International Autonomous Unmanned Systems & Robotics (AUS&R 2013) convention will take place in Rishon LeZion, just south of Tel Aviv on November 26, 2013. The event will include a professional conference, exhibition and live demonstration with hundreds of delegations from the international sphere already confirming their participation in the event.

More details about AUS&R are available on the event webpage:  AUSREXPO.COM