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.
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.
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.
Republic of Korea
Powerplant: 1 × Limbach L 550, 35 kW (47 hp) each
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