Eitan UAV returns to the skies 8 months after crash

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle makes successful test flight, signaling the drone's return to combat deployment in the IDF.

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September 6, 2012 22:10
Eitan UAV

Eitan UAV 370. (photo credit: Courtesy IDF Spokesman’s Office)

 
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Eight months after it was grounded following a crash, an "Eitan" UAV took of for a successful test flight Thursday, signaling the drone’s return to combat deployment, the IDF spokesperson’s office said Thursday.

Over the past eight months the IDF has carried out a battery of tests to determine what caused the January 29th crash outside Gedera, and found a technical malfunction in the adhesives on the aircraft’s wings.

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The five-ton Eitan has an 86 foot wingspan and is 43 feet long. The aircraft has a range of 4,600 miles and can fly over 45,000 feet, well above commercial aircraft.

The IDF added Thursday that the state of the art UAV is set to go through a number of advancements in the coming years.

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