IAI Searcher II

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Introduction
The IAI Searcher (also known by the Hebrew name Meyromit – “Marsh tern”, or officially in Israel as the חוגלה Hugla – “Alectoris”) is a reconnaissance UAV developed in Israel in the 1980s. In the following decade, it replaced the IMI Mastiff and IAI Scout UAVs then in service with the Israeli Army.

Design

The Searcher looks almost identical to the Scout and Pioneer, but is in fact scaled up and is well over twice the size of the Scout. The Searcher is powered by a 35 kW (47 hp) piston engine. The new design features updated avionics and sensor systems with greater flight endurance as well as increased redundancy for improved survivability. In addition to Israel, the system had been exported and is currently in use by India, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey.

Operational Deployment

More than 100 Searcher IIs are being operated by the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, one of these was shot down over Kasur, Pakistan (near the Indian border) by a Pakistan Air Force F-16 in 2003.

Operators
Azerbaijan
Cyprus
India
Sri Lanka
Indonesia
Israel
Republic of Korea
Russia
Singapore
Timor-Leste
Thailand
Turkey

Specs
Powerplant: 1 × Limbach L 550, 35 kW (47 hp) each

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Searcher II5.858.541.2550020018610068

Manufacturer
CountryNameHeadquartersURL
IsraelIsrael Aerospace Industries (IAI)Tel Avivhttp://www.iai.co.il