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The mini hovering unmanned system (UAS) GHOST, developed and produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), will be operational in Israel next year. By then, it is expected to have a one hour endurance.
According to IAI, GHOST weighs approximately 4 kg, and provides real-time intelligence to ground forces operating in urban areas. GHOST is equipped with an automatic vertical takeoff & landing system and can now loiter for up to 30 minutes. The system was designed with twin rotary electrical engines so it can be silent and support day and night special operation missions.
According to IAI, the unique man-machine interface and operational concept is based on the principles of computer games and makes the system extremely intuitive to operate and requires little training. The entire system can be carried in backpacks by two soldiers and includes: two platforms, batteries, and a command and control unit with communications.
A sources related to the program said that GHOST is currently operated by batteries but the plan is to test it with a fuel cell system.