(IAI) will present “Ghost,” an innovative, small tilt-rotor UAV at Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems North America expo, August 16-19, in Washington, DC. Ghost weighs approximately 4 kg (9 lbs), and provides real-time intelligence to ground forces operating in urban areas.
Ghost is equipped with an automatic vertical takeoff & landing system and can 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.
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. Ghost is suitable for paramilitary and homeland security applications due to its simplicity and ease of operation.
Ghost will be on display at Booth 713 with Stark Aerospace, a subsidiary of IAI North America. Other UAVs on display will include the ETOP (Electric Tethered Observation Platform) and the Heron UAS. Heron recently reached full operational ability as part of the German Air Force's activities in Afghanistan.