Israel Aerospace Industries has secured contracts for the supply of Rotem loitering munition drones to three NATO countries.
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The Israeli aerospace and aviation manufacturer has signed separate contracts allegedly worth several millions of dollars for supplies of the vertical take-off and landing, tactical loitering munition, according to a company statement earlier this month.
The Rotem provides an elevated view of the battlefield while in flight using day and night electro-optic sensors while also acting as a weapon of opportunity against targets as they appear.
MBT Missile Division vice-president and general manager Avi Elisha said the system can be deployed by an individual soldier, with a flight endurance of 30 minutes and provides cost-effective solution up to a range of 10 kilometres.
“This announcement follows the decision of another NATO member, Estonia, to purchase IAI’s long-range loitering munitions,” he said.
“Acquisition of Rotem by three different NATO members reflects the high and growing global demand for tactical loitering munitions.
“IAI has extensive experience in loitering munitions, having invented this type of munition almost 40 years ago.
“Rotem’s unique capabilities include vertical take-off and landing, making it a perfect choice for close combat scenarios, including urban combat.”
Rotem can be launched to seek a target but is disarmed if authorisation to attack is not received and returns to be retrieved safely, he said.
The system has a loiter time of up to nine hours as well as the capability to hover with open camera and datalink while waiting for the target to emerge.