Israeli Hi-Tech Makes Waves at Paris Expo

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Several Israeli inventions made waves at the 48th Paris Air Show, which began on Monday. Twelve Israeli companies featured their advanced aerial technology at the Israeli pavilion.

Among the inventions is an unmanned aerical vehicle (UAV) designed to evacuate injured people in battle conditions.  The medical system, called the MULE, is created by Urban Aeronautics.  Company spokesmen say the MULE can deliver supplies and transport casualties weighing up to 700 pounds within a 50-mile radius.  The craft has a top speed of 115 miles per hour and can reach an altitude of 12,000 feet.  The Israeli Defense Forces has already shown interest in the MULE.

Another unmanned vehicle, a helicopter called the Picador, is also on display in Paris. The Picador, which was developed by Aeronautics Defense Systems, can operate in a 125-mile range and is expected to be used for land and sea-based military operations.

Another unmanned system is the HAROP loitering munition. This drone can find and destroy missile launchers, anti-aircraft systems and naval vessels.  The HAROP, created by Israeli Aerospace Industries, is designed to hover above the battlefield and attack its targets. It has its own self-destruct mechanism.

"This is a state-of-the-art loitering munition system which features accurate detection capabilities and minimizes collateral damage to the surrounding area," IAI CEO Itzhak Nissan said about the HAROP.

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