Aeronautics Ltd., known for designing, developing, and manufacturing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for the global defense and HLS (Homeland Security) markets, has secured a significant contract worth $40 million. This contract is for the supply of their cutting-edge Orbiter 1K loitering munition UAS to a major international customer. This deal reaffirms Aeronautics’ position as a leading provider of advanced UAS solutions on a global scale.
The Orbiter 1K is classified as a Class 1 loitering munition UAS, excelling in real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions and operations. It belongs to the Orbiter family of UAVs, which caters to a wide range of tactical-class mission requirements. All these UAVs are operated through an advanced and standardized ground segment and operating system, ensuring maximum flexibility and ease of use.
Its compact and lightweight design guarantees user-friendliness for tactical and special forces in field operations. This design allows for the swift and efficient closing of the sensor-to-shooter loop, ensuring exceptional reliability and performance for the necessary mission scenarios.
According to the website, the Orbiter 1K has the following specifications:
- Maximum Take-Off Weight- 13 kg
- Wingspan- 2.9 m
- Service Ceiling- 13,5000 ft ASL
- Maximum Endurance- up to 2 hours
- Mission Range- up to 50 km
- Warhead Weight- Over 3 kg
- Loitering Speed- 38-50 kts
Due to recent global conflicts, Dan Slasky, President & CEO of Aeronautics Group, highlighted the increasing demand for their battle-proven solutions in the UAV field. He expressed pride in securing a substantial contract from a major customer, underscoring their ongoing dedication to providing cutting-edge UAS capabilities to clients and partners. This achievement reflects Aeronautics’ expertise and established reputation in the industry, building on their recent successes with contracts from Greece and Finland in recent months.
Post Image- Aeronautics Orbital 1K loitering munition (Image Credit: Aeronautics Ltd.)