HARPY UAV PDF

Like the Klingon Bird of Prey it resembles, the Harop is small, maneuverable, nearly impossible to detect, relatively inexpensive, and is downright deadly. Using drones to help destroy and confuse an unfriendly air defense network is something Israel knows a lot about, as they've been using them to do just that since the Yom Kippur War in The tactics helped blunt Israeli combat aircraft losses, and clearly, the IAF knew they were onto something. Following the Yom Kippur War, Israel began manufacturing their own simple unmanned aircraft, most of which had the same twin tail-boom configuration as many modern and much larger unmanned aircraft flying for the IAF today.

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Like the Klingon Bird of Prey it resembles, the Harop is small, maneuverable, nearly impossible to detect, relatively inexpensive, and is downright deadly. Using drones to help destroy and confuse an unfriendly air defense network is something Israel knows a lot about, as they've been using them to do just that since the Yom Kippur War in The tactics helped blunt Israeli combat aircraft losses, and clearly, the IAF knew they were onto something. Following the Yom Kippur War, Israel began manufacturing their own simple unmanned aircraft, most of which had the same twin tail-boom configuration as many modern and much larger unmanned aircraft flying for the IAF today.

But these were far simpler systems, with lower performance than the Chukars and Firebees used in combat in But what they lacked in performance they made up for in expendability and numbers. Some were shot down by the growing surface-to-air missile system network being installed by Syria in the region. In , when open hostilities broke out in Lebanon, Israel put its drones to use on a massive scale.

In just a matter of hours, it did just that. Scout and Mastiff drones were used in the highly technical and ground-breaking operation. It was the first time western hardware had totally eradicated a Soviet-designed and furnished integrated air defense network. Without radars, SAMs were useless and vulnerable to attack. Additionally, Syrian fighter pilots, trained under the Soviet doctrine that centered around direction from ground-based radar intercept controllers, were essentially blind.

Israeli unmanned air vehicles were even stationed over Syrian airfields to watch as MiGs took to the skies.

Additionally, the fact that Israel possessed AIM-9 Sidewinders with all-aspect targeting capabilities i.

It was a slaughter, and a cutting-edge technological combat opera for the world to see. Lessons learned from the conflict also figured heavily into future American combat air operations. But what it lacked in size the little flying-wing drone made up for in punching power, packing a hp high-explosive warhead. On its nose was its most critical piece of equipment, a seeker head capable of detecting and homing in on certain radar frequencies. If that were to occur, the Harpy would fly right at the emitter, blowing itself up on arrival and taking the radar system with it.

It was an ingenious and cost-effective weapon system, albeit a one-trick-pony and more of a fire-and-forget SEAD missile than a reusable unmanned aircraft with a propensity toward suicide.

In the late s, Israel began working on a follow-on to the Harpy. Once in the air, it can be operated by man-in-the-loop control or it can go about its mission totally autonomously. A huge difference between Harop and the Harpy is range and loitering time, with the modern iteration packing about double that of its simpler predecessor, or about miles or six hours.

Basically, the Harop—which has the radar signature of a small bird and virtually no infrared signature whatsoever—offers an inexpensive solution for many unmanned missions in a small, transportable, and optionally reusable package. You can imagine that if you are the enemy, having dozens or even hundreds of these things roaming your countryside during a time of conflict would be pretty terrifying. The Harop, like its progenitor, is already an export success, with India and Azerbaijan purchasing the system.

In fact, it was put to use with devastating results by the Azeris just last spring, during fighting with the Armenians. The attack drone supposedly hit a bus full of soldiers , killing half a dozen of them in the process, and destroying the bus. In fact, Israel has its own version of this system, the ROTEM , and they even have another, larger system, the Green Dragon , that is also forward-deployed with troops, but with more capabilities and endurance.

As such, a bull market is emerging around the concept. Even American domestic law enforcement has crossed over the robotic killer line. By Tyler Rogoway August 8, The War Zone. Mission accomplished! Julian Herzog. Israeli Mastiff drone, like the ones used during the Mole Cricket 19 operation. This is what a real-world attack by a Harop looks like:.

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The Harpy is designed to attack radar systems and is optimised for the suppression of enemy air defence SEAD role. It carries a high explosive warhead. In , the Harpy became the focus of the effort by the United States to restrict arms transfers and the sales of advanced military technology to China. The United States, fearing that the Harpy would pose a threat to Taiwanese and American forces in the case of a war with China, [1] demanded that Israel seize the loitering munitions and nullify the contract.

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