Israel’s new UAV looks like any old consumer tech drone. It just happens to be carrying an explosive warhead.
IAI By David Hambling
The ROTEM-L made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) looks like many other quadrotors buzzing around these days. It can fly for more than half an hour and is agile enough to go in and out of windows. It has a camera in the nose to give the operator a pilot’s-eye view, like the drones used for FPV racing. What ROTEM has that those consumer gadgets don’t is a warhead the size of two hand grenades.
The new video below shows ROTEM going through its paces, including automated take-off and landing. It only takes a few seconds to unpack the drone from its case and make it flight-ready; it’s controlled via a tablet. IAI announced earlier this month that the Israeli Defense Forces were interested in acquiring the drone.