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Israel Aerospace Industries unveils Air Hopper drone to evacuate soldiers

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) developed drone to evacuate wounded soldiers remotely. The country's largest aerospace and defense company announced it has expanded the Air Hopper drone's ability to bring wounded soldiers out of the battlefield and bring supplies to isolated troops through long-distance maneuvers.

Tinuku Israel Aerospace Industries unveils Air Hopper drone to evacuate soldiers

Israel Aerospace Industries says Air Hopper takes its inspiration by a small manned helicopter, but is designed for unmanned use. The aircraft carries 100 to 180 kilograms (220-400 pounds) and flies for two hours at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour.

Drone includes two scenarios is to bring the severely injured soldier to the point of extraction for treatment of getting treatment by monitoring vital signs in the air and sending real-time updates to the ground. The second scenario is to bring logistical supplies to the isolated forces on the front line that are not accessible to the troop fleet.

The company said the plane had a "lower" price than manned helicopter and "significantly reduced the risk". Air Hopper allows troops to transport vital logistical equipment to the battlefield during the war without risking mines, ambushes and anti-tank weapons.

"An important milestone for the IAI in the world of unmanned vehicles, developing an optimum unmanned operational solution for the future. I believe this development will open many doors in local and global markets, military and civilian," said Shaul Shahar, VP & general manager of IAI Military Aircraft Group.

The IAI says operators use autonomous systems to oversee real-time mission execution of safe areas beyond the threat of battlefields. The system works day or night and any climate. The IAI was founded in 1953 to provide technologies including satellites, missiles, weapons and ammunition systems, unmanned systems and robots and radar.


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