Aeronautics Defense Orbiter II

Introduction
The Orbiter Mini UAV System Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is a compact and lightweight system designed for use in Military and Homeland Security missions. It has been used with great effect in the Middle East since it was first developed. The system is used for ‘Over The Hill’ reconnaissance missions, Low Intensity Conflicts and Urban warfare operations as well as any close range ISTAR mission. It is manufactured by the Israeli company Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd.

According to news reports, a Orbiter Mini UAV, operated by the Mexican Federal Government, likely the Federal Police, malfunctioned on December 17, 2010. During a surveillance operation, it crossed the border into US airspace and crashed in El Paso, TX. No property was damaged, as the UAV apparently deployed a parachute during its descent. It was reported to and retrieved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

LOS Data Link Range
15 Km

Mini ground directional antenna (Optional)
30 Km

GDT (Ground Data Terminal) (Optional)
80 Km

Operators
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Land Forces
Finland
Finnish Army
Ireland
Irish Army
Israel
Israeli Sea Corps
Mexico
Mexican Federal Police
Peru
Peruvian Army
Serbia
Serbian Army
South Africa
South African National Defence Force
Mexico
Mexican Federal Police
United States
Undergoing testing
United Kingdom
3 on order

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Orbiter II39.5129.648045486.41.5

Manufacturer
CountryNameHeadquartersURL
IsraelAeronautics Defense SystemsYavnehttp://www.aeronautics-sys.com