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Israeli company Steadicopter develops armed VTOL drone

By Arie Egozi

After Israel canceled a 20-year gag order on the fact that it is using armed UAVs, Israeli companies are working to offer VTOL UAVs armed with weapon systems. The first company to do so is Steadicopter, which used one of its advanced unmanned VTOL systems as a platform for a weapon system.

According to the company, its Golden Eagle is the first unmanned helicopter with precise strike capabilities from the air, enabling both military and security forces to meet the challenges of the modern battlefield and complex environments. Based on the combat-proven Black Eagle 50E platform, Golden Eagle is powered by two advanced technologies, enabling tactical forces to achieve complete terrain dominance. These technologies include Smart Shooter’s SMASH Dragon robotic weaponry payload to ensure precise target elimination and an AI-based technology for superior situational awareness and autonomous multi-target classification & tracking. The complete suite can incorporate various types of assault rifles, sniper rifles, 40mm, and other ammunition with great precision.

 

 

Lightweight, extremely cost-effective, simple to operate, and easy to maintain, the Golden Eagle has long endurance, vertical take-off, and landing capability, providing the force with the means to complete the mission with minimum contact with hostile forces.

According to Itai Toren, CEO of Steadicopter, there is significant interest in the Golden Eagle system in several countries, although he refused to be specific. Toren added that the system can be fitted with different weapon systems, such as 5.56 and 7.62 weapons, sniper guns, and 40mm grenade launchers.

 

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