Source: AOL News
Israel, one of the world’s leading makers of unmanned aircraft, unveiled today a new, small drone that can hover like a helicopter and fly like an airplane.
Israel Aerospace Industries debuted its Panther unmanned aerial vehicle in Israel, touting its ability to take off without a runway and then fly for up to six hours. “An intriguing option is the Panther’s ability to hover or land quietly in enemy territory, conduct surveillance like a ground sensor and then take off again,” industry magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology reported.
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Like the American V-22 Osprey, the Panther is a tilt-rotor, meaning it has rotors mounted on the end of its wings that can rotate and allow the aircraft to transition between hovering and fixed-wing flight. This gives the aircraft the ability to take off like a helicopter without the need for a runway, but then fly like fixed-wing aircraft.
As an unmanned aircraft, however, the Panther is much smaller than the V-22 Osprey, which is designed for transporting troops.