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Elbit Systems has recently launched MAGNI, a fully autonomous and robust Multi-Rotor Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System that is designed to significantly enhance the situational awareness capabilities of mobile forces.

According to the company, the compact and light-weight (2.5kg) MAGNI enables rapid deployment and launch (in less than 1 minute) from any combat vehicle transforming it to an effective intelligence gathering platform.

The MAGNI system includes a thermal payload, a communications suite (dual S-Band or LTE), an automatic coordinate tracking capability as well as a built-in interface with Battle Management Systems (BMS). 

Carrying up to 350gr of payloads it offers a range of up to 3km, a maximum operational altitude of 4000ft and 30 minutes of endurance. Operated by a single user, the UAV enables vehicle mounted forces to generate beyond-the-hill visual intelligence during day and night, and seamlessly feed target information to command and control systems. Its unique Size Weight and Power (SWaP) parameters make MAGNI well suited for squad, platoon and company levels.

MAGNI is the third multi-rotor VTOL UAV offered by Elbit Systems, alongside the 10 kg THOR Multi-Rotor VTOL mini-UAS and the 5 kg NOX VTOL Micro-UAS.

“We wanted to give infantry a tactical eye-in-the-sky,” says Erez Meir of Elbit’s Multi-Rotor business unit. It is a “revolution” for armed soldiers and their vehicles operating in convoys for instance, which will now have the ability to launch numerous micro-drones to conduct surveillance.