originalblis
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Israel Inagurates New Fleet Of UAV's - IAI Eitan

Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:22 pm

Although these drones have been around since 2007 or so, Israel has just developed a fleet of them.

Putting aside the political stuff, how significant is a UAV of this size? Besides the obvious larger payload capacity, what are the advantages to going bigger? If the advantages are so great, why don't other countries have UAV's of this size?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8527268.stm
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RE: Israel Inagurates New Fleet Of UAV's - IAI Eitan

Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:00 am

Quoting originalblis (Thread starter):
Putting aside the political stuff, how significant is a UAV of this size? Besides the obvious larger payload capacity, what are the advantages to going bigger?

Dunno but given that this is a propeller pusher design (large RCS) will it remain undetected for its entire flight path upto Iran? why isn't Israel investing in stealthier designs and sticking to twin boom prop designs? has this been debated in the Israeli defence press?

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RE: Israel Inagurates New Fleet Of UAV's - IAI Eitan

Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:00 pm

I think the article claiming that the drone is the same size as a 737 is a bit misleading. While it has a 'similiar' wingspan (86') to that of the 737-100 (94') it is much shorter, less tall and not nearly as 'large'. I dunno just them conjuring a drone the size of a 737 is a bit much, its a good size drone with a long wingspan for sure but not airline sized.  
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