TRIPOLI, (BM) – Two Israeli-made Orbiter-3 tactical drones were shot down by in Libya by troops allied with strongman Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting JPost.
Until now i am surprised that no one ever highlighted the presence of Israeli/Azerbaijan-made Orbiter-3 UASs which was supplied to #GNA by #Turkey and two of them was downed by #LNA so far! this video is for the second downed one in #Khelat_AlFergan Southern #Tripoli. pic.twitter.com/2EAHLRLztR— Mohamed Mansour 🇪🇬 (@Mansourtalk) August 1, 2019
The two drones were shot down at the end of July and recovered by troops some 40km southwest of the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the small town of al-‘Aziziya while the other was recovered in the Sidra district home to the war-torn country’s largest oil depot.
Manufactured by the Israeli drone company Aeronautics, the tactical Orbiter 3 UAV is a compact, light-weight system for use by military and homeland security officials. It has an operating range of up to 150 km and can stay up to seven hours in flight providing intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.
It has both day and night vision channels and also carries a three-sensor electro-optical camera with significant tactical capabilities.
The fully autonomous highly transportable system can be assembled within a few minutes and is launched using a catapult and lands with the help of a parachute and airbag.
It has been adapted to both ground and marine environments and can carry payloads up to 5 kg in weight, including multi-sensor stabilized EO payloads carrying laser target-designation systems and the company’s latest variant has a digital datalink for operators.
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