The most advanced UAV in the world," an Eitan type drone crashed near Gedera, Central Israel during a joint Air Force and Israel Aerospace Industries drill this morning, Sunday 29 January; reportedly due to technical problems. No one injured.
Israel's Ynet news reports that an Eitan-type Unmanned Aerial Vehicle crashed near Moshav Yesodot. IDF, Israel's army forces arrived at the crash scene to examine the extent of the damage and to determine which parts can be salvaged. Ynet says that the incident involving Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Heron TP, also known as the “Eitan,” happened during a joint Air Force and Israel Aerospace Industries practise. The Eitan drone weighs five tons, is 14 meters long and has 26 meter-long wings. This drone can fly for up to 20 hours without stopping, at speeds of 143 knots and maximum altitude of 41,000 feet. Previously, Ynet reported this UAV is scheduled to be brought into operational use soon, saying that it will monitor Gaza and Lebanon, Sudan and Iran. Weighing five tons, Eitan is designed for use "in complex intelligence gathering missions." It is said to be 14 meters long and has 26 meter-long wings. It is able to fly for 20 hours straight at a maximum speed of 143 Knots and reach a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet.