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IAI Offers New Ultra Light MiniPOP Payload For UAVs

Source: Israel Aerospace Industries
by Staff Writers
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Oct 28, 2010
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing the newest member of its MiniPOP (plug-in optronic payload) family: the Ultra Light MiniPOP. The new lightweight MiniPOP payload is manufactured using lightweight metals, including Magnesium and Titanium.

It is designed to be utilized by small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which demand long endurance; and by Special Ground Forces for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISTAR) missions. The system can be handled and operated by a single soldier.

Shaul Shahar, General Manager of IAI's TAMAM Division, commented: "We are very proud of the technical achievements accomplished with this MiniPOP. We have reduced the weight of the MiniPOP by 25% compared to its predecessors, while maintaining its superior performance.

"The new MiniPOP allows TAMAM to offer electro- optical solutions for UAVs of between 25 - 50 kg, thereby significantly extending their mission duration capabilities."

The new MiniPOP is a part of the ever-expanding MiniPOP family of advanced, lightweight, single Line-Replaceable-Unit, observation and targeting payloads. More than 300 payloads are deployed in the field worldwide with leading military and security forces and users.

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