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21 juillet 2011 4 21 /07 /juillet /2011 11:35



21/07/11 By Arie Egozi SOURCE:Flight International


Aeronautics Defense Systems has signed a first contract to export its Dominator XP unmanned air system.


President of the Israeli company Avi Leumi confirmed that a contract was signed, but declined to identify the client.


The development came shortly after the Dominator XP was cleared for export by the Israeli defence ministry. Aeronautics' design had previously been adapted to comply with international Missile Technology Control Regime limitations to secure the approval.


The Dominator is based on the Diamond DA-42 twin-engined general aviation aircraft. In its Dominator 2 guise it has a maximum take-off weight of 2,000kg (4,410lb), including a 300kg payload, and can achieve an endurance of 28h. Its maximum altitude is 30,000ft (9,150m) and top speed 190kt (351km/h).


The system is aimed at the high end of the medium-altitude, long-endurance UAS market, with Leumi naming the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator and the Israel Aerospace Industries Heron as competitors.

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