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Israeli UAV AirMule made the first autonomous flight

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According to Israeli Internet resources, at the very end of 2015 of the year, December 30, at the airfield of Megido, located in northern Israel, an unmanned aerial vehicle, AirMule, was tested. The Flying Mule performed its first free flight. Until recently, tests of this Israeli UAV were carried out only on a leash.


According to Rafi Yoeli, who holds the post of CEO of Urban Aeronautics (Tactical Robotics, which created the AirMule drone, is one of its subsidiaries), during the tests conducted in Megido, the capacity of the vehicle was demonstrated. The specialist also expressed the hope that already in 2016, as part of the tests of the UAV, it will be possible to demonstrate some of its unique capabilities.

This test flight was the first for a promising Israeli drone when it was not “tied” to the ground with the help of special cables to ensure the safety of the aircraft. According to Israeli media, the aeromul took off, flew along a given trajectory and landed at its starting point in a completely autonomous mode. Over the course of 2016, several more tests of this aircraft are planned for Israel. In the event that these tests will be recognized as successful, the device will go into service with the Israeli military.

It is reported that during the test flight of the UAV AirMule controlled the height of its flight with the help of two laser altimeters (altimeters) installed on its board. In the near future, they will be replaced by a radio altimeter in order to ensure that the unmanned vehicle operates in adverse weather conditions - in heavy fog or in a dusty storm. During the 30 flight of December 2015, the device was navigated using inertial and GPS systems, as well as using optical systems along markers located on the ground. There was also information that during the flight noise was recorded, which made the drone. According to the company Urban Aeronautics, the noise of the AirMule UAV is significantly lower than that of modern helicopters. What specific values ​​are being discussed and what type of helicopter the prospective drone was compared with, the company did not specify.



It is worth noting that the AirMule UAV project started about 10 years ago. It was created in the design office of the Israeli company Urban Aeronautics in January. The development of an unmanned vehicle is being commissioned by the Israeli army. The tests of the first model of the new aircraft began in January 2010 of the year, and since December 2013 of the year, he began a series of tests on a leash. To date, two prototype UAVs have already been built, which together made 2016 flights by 200 year. It is reported that during the day only one “flying mule” will be able to carry out 12 flights with cargo, transferring kg of various military equipment and supplies to the 6000. Thus, the squad, which will consist of 10-12-like UAVs, will be able to provide uninterrupted supplies to the leading military operations of a military group of up to 3000 people.

According to Rafi Yoeli, currently Tactical Robotics has already received an 2 Category certificate from MTCR - Missile Technology Control Regime for the export version of its unmanned aerial vehicle, which has received the international name Cormorant. This category limits the export of UAVs with a payload mass of up to 500 kg and a range of more than 300 km. The fact that Tactical Robotics has such a certificate will allow it to establish the export of the unmanned Cormorant to other countries. In particular, the newspaper "Globes" wrote that the drones of Cormorant can be soon adopted by the American special forces, they are planned to be used for operations in the deep rear of the enemy. However, the Israeli company Urban Aeronautics refrains from such forecasts and does not comment on them. At the same time, independent experts say that today there are several such competing developments, including American ones.

Unmanned aerial vehicle AirMule is a compact UAV, equipped with a single engine and having the ability to make a vertical takeoff and landing. This drone, like its export version of the Cormorant, can land without problems where ordinary helicopters cannot land. In addition, such unmanned aerial vehicles are able to take off and land from small warships. In addition, Aeromul can be equipped with special equipment: radiation-chemical or electron-optical reconnaissance. The main purpose of the drone is the transportation of various cargoes, as well as ammunition and evacuation of wounded soldiers to the rear. The device is equipped with four screws, two of which are mounted parallel to the earth's surface and are designed to climb, and the other two are located in the stern of the drone perpendicular to the ground and are designed to give the UAV acceleration.



It is reported that the export version of the drone is capable of transporting cargoes weighing up to 440 kg by air to a distance of up to 300 km (as the flight range decreases, the payload of the UAV can be increased). The maximum speed of the device is about 185 km / h, the maximum flight height of 3,7 is thousands of meters. The project, which was launched almost 10 years ago, is currently close to its logical conclusion. According to the developers, the dream was realized, the aircraft, which meets the necessary criteria and safety standards, has already been created, the device prototypes performed the order of 200 flights. It is noted that drones AirMule and Cormorant can be used not only for military but also for civilian purposes. In the distant future, these drones can become “flying cars” of a very wide scope. For the military, such a device could be indispensable for the evacuation of wounded soldiers from dense urban areas, in which an ordinary helicopter simply cannot land.

The AirMule UAV has been developed by Urban Aeronautics (the lead performer of the Tactical Robotics project) at least since 2008. The BLA is created at the request of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the work on its creation is funded by the state. At the same time, work was being done on the ship-based version. The Israeli military thought about creating such a drone soon after the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006, when they were faced with the need to evacuate (and preferably by air) a large number of wounded Israeli soldiers.

The maximum take-off mass of the unmanned vehicle is of the order of 1400 kg, while it can transport up to 500 kg of cargo (according to other data 635 kg of payload). First of all, the AirMule UAV is considered by the Israeli military as a means of expeditious delivery of cargo and supplies to the advanced parts of the ground forces, as well as reconnaissance groups. Another area of ​​its possible use may be the evacuation of wounded soldiers from the battlefield. The drone is able to transport two seated or recumbent people through the air. Optionally, the drone can be equipped with a control cabin, which will allow to operate the device in manned mode.



Tests of the first built AirMule UAV in hover mode started in January 2010, and since December 2013, the device began to be “tethered”. Total built two prototype drone. The aerodynamic scheme used by the devices was created and patented by Urban Aeronautics under the Fancraft brand. The turbomer engine Tomebomeca Arriel 2C2, developing the power of the 940 hp, was installed on the droneless aircraft. Initially, the Arriel 1D1 engine of lower power — the 750 hp — was placed on the first prototype of the drone. This engine drives two large lifting fans and two small pusher screws located in ring installations.

Serial drone models will have to reach speeds of up to 180-185 km / h, rise to altitudes up to 3700 meters and be in the air for more than 5 hours. The total weight of the cargo and fuel on board the drone is 635 kg with a mass of empty apparatus 771 kg. All the payload that is taken on board is located in two internal compartments of 0,77 cubic meters each. In addition, the cargo compartment with a volume of 1 cubic meter can be suspended on the external sling of the device. It is reported that the drone will be equipped with 24-hour Electron-optical complex Controp D-STAMP.

The AirMule device is designed to be used both in a fully autonomous and remotely controlled mode; for this it was equipped with a specially created automatic landing system called Auto-Land. In normal mode, it can transport cargo weighing up to 500 kg over a distance of 50 km and return back to the starting point. At the request of the Israeli military, the UAV must be able to operate at any time of the day and in adverse weather conditions, for example, at a wind speed of up to 50 knots. Due to the all-composite design of the device, small size and a set of measures aimed at reducing signatures, the drone must have a low visibility and high secrecy. To carry out an emergency landing on its board was even provided a rocket parachute system.



Information sources:
http://www.newsru.co.il/israel/07jan2016/airmule_111.html
http://www.rg.ru/2016/01/11/transport-site-anons.html
http://lenta.ru/news/2013/12/23/airmule
http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1670647.html
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  1. Cruorvult
    Cruorvult 12 January 2016 06: 25
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    Cool thing, to deliver ammunition, to transport the wounded, well done.
    1. ICT
      ICT 12 January 2016 06: 45
      +2
      Quote: CruorVult
      Cool thing, to deliver ammunition, to transport the wounded, well done.
      Reply

      13 year

      our days lol


      what is the difference all the time has passed enough. but they didn’t save up for an intelligent operator.

      I still can’t understand the scale of the device
      1. ICT
        ICT 12 January 2016 06: 51
        +8
        there the Americans are still pi king peas have flown
        1. avt
          avt 12 January 2016 10: 18
          +3
          Quote: TIT
          there the Americans are still pi king peas have flown

          Well, yes - nothing fundamentally new. The US sucked the topic of a flying jeep in the last century.
          Quote: Aron Zaavi
          I still think that for this UAV for supply in the first place.

          May be . There is only one question: What is the cost-effectiveness ratio? It is not a problem to fill up such a "sanitary supplier" in the normal calculation of the DShK, not to mention the PV.
          1. dauria
            dauria 14 January 2016 18: 18
            0
            Thus, the detachment, which will consist of 10-12 such drones, will be able to provide uninterrupted supply to the hostilities of a military group of up to 3000 people.


            laughing and 200 units will provide the assault on Koenigsberg ... What is this partisan detachment that does not need fuel for equipment and shells? And why are the rear so far behind? Ah, following the example of Paulus, they decided to get into the boiler? Jews, what kind of war are you invented there? Or the game "Zarnitsa" ?. By the way, 300 km in both ends, the radius is 150 km. Call a taxi, it will be cheaper. laughing
      2. GRAY
        GRAY 12 January 2016 08: 35
        0
        Quote: TIT
        what is the difference all the time has passed enough. but they didn’t save up for an intelligent operator.

        I still can’t understand the scale of the device

        It touches the sound of a 940-strong engine. The scale, I think, is appropriate.
      3. Pimply
        Pimply 12 January 2016 14: 50
        +3
        Quote: TIT
        I still can’t understand the scale of the device
        1. GRAY
          GRAY 12 January 2016 15: 15
          +1
          Quote: Pimply
          Quote: TIT
          I still can’t understand the scale of the device

          Wow, even a full-size layout is available. laughing
          1. Professor
            Professor 12 January 2016 15: 19
            +8
            Quote: GRAY
            Wow, even a full-size layout is available.

            Of course there is. wink He was still shown in Latrun. Israel is generally famous for mocking up the ass with all kinds of children armed with no weapons.
            1. 0255
              0255 12 January 2016 15: 22
              +1
              Quote: Professor
              Quote: GRAY
              Wow, even a full-size layout is available.

              Of course there is. wink He was still shown in Latrun. Israel is generally famous for mocking up the ass with all kinds of children armed with no weapons.

              and when did Israel kick their ass with a mock?
              1. Professor
                Professor 12 January 2016 15: 40
                +3
                Quote: 0255
                and when did Israel kick their ass with a mock?

                Firstly, Israel is known to have lost all wars. lol
                Secondly, all Israeli developments are layouts and cuts. The fact that this company is developing a drone not for state money is the details.
                Thirdly, a weapon that has no analogues in the world happens in only one country.

                Quote: shans2
                especially in Lebanon in 2006, they kicked their asses great and curtailed the operation without going deep into Lebanon. videos of burning wagon 4, which had no taxes in the world, and crawling around it, with a curtain of smoke, spread around the world.

                This is how you live and learn. It turns out there was a plan to take Beirut, and limited themselves only to the Litani River. Also, Israel has always argued that Israeli tanks are not pierced not burning. And the most interesting thing is that the Israeli leadership is now almost 10 afraid to get out of the bunker, and hezbollons are cut in convertibles along the Israeli border. A couple more times, Israel will be kicked in the ass and there will be no one else to tear, but there will be no one who wants to try. Well done with a padded jacket. hi

                PS
                Can I have a video of a burning Merkava 4 in the studio? Have not seen for a long time. crying
                1. ICT
                  ICT 12 January 2016 16: 33
                  0
                  Quote: Professor
                  Can I have a video of a burning Merkava 4 in the studio? Have not seen for a long time.


                  Well, again, you are for your

                  tell me bring this prototype to mind for the next 2 years, or again in a couple of years we’ll measure
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                  2. Professor
                    Professor 12 January 2016 20: 06
                    +3
                    Quote: TIT
                    Well, again, you are for your

                    It's not me. This young man decided to troll. wassat

                    Quote: TIT
                    tell me bring this prototype to mind for the next 2 years, or again in a couple of years we’ll measure

                    It's hard for me to say. On the one hand, I do not foresee serious funding. On the other hand, look at the board of directors of this company. People who have nothing to do with aviation. explicit cut. wink


                    And there is nothing to measure here with you. Nothing to offer you. request
                    Quote: GRAY
                    Why can't you hear the turbine?

                    It is a turbine that does not have an analogue in the world and emits sound at a frequency of 25 kHz. lol

                    Quote: CERHJ
                    It’s a bit unclear, but I’ve met data on the ceiling of 5500 meters and speeds of 185 km / h. Or is it 3700 m and 300 km for the export Cormorant restriction? If they finish it in a year and a half, then the army will have very good help.

                    They have now received an international flight certificate. Most likely to accurately qualify and stated this height. By the way, before certification, flying without a leash is simply not legal.
                    1. GRAY
                      GRAY 12 January 2016 20: 17
                      +2
                      Quote: Professor
                      It is a turbine that does not have an analogue in the world and emits sound at a frequency of 25 kHz.

                      Ultrasound?
                      When to wait for silent Israeli-made helicopters?
                      1. Professor
                        Professor 12 January 2016 20: 43
                        0
                        Quote: GRAY
                        When to wait for silent Israeli-made helicopters?

                        We find Gravitsapu and ...

                        Quote: TIT
                        and if the plane and the first flight, then how?

                        Regulation is a delicate matter. Companies like Boeing can do anything, and a small office like this ... request
                    2. ICT
                      ICT 12 January 2016 20: 26
                      +1
                      Quote: Professor
                      By the way, before certification, flying without a leash is simply not legal.


                      and if the plane and the first flight, then how?
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                      2. KVIRTU
                        KVIRTU 13 January 2016 21: 58
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                        Type Certificate - issued by the state organization regulating the aviation industry to manufacturers of aerospace engineering or its components after an official check of a civilian aircraft, engine, propeller, etc., developed by this manufacturer, if the latter, according to the results of this check, satisfies the current valid requirements for suitability for safe flight operation in all potential operating conditions (military aircraft are usually not considered)
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                    4. KVIRTU
                      KVIRTU 13 January 2016 21: 54
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                      Professor, do not get excited, not for that gathered here.
                      "Israel is known to have lost all wars" - everyone knows the results of the 6-day war, where the Israeli Armed Forces showed the level, for example.
            2. shans2
              shans2 12 January 2016 15: 30
              +2
              especially in Lebanon in 2006, they kicked their asses great and curtailed the operation without going deep into Lebanon good videos of burning non-analogous cars in the world 4 and crawling around it with a smoke screen went around the world.
            3. GRAY
              GRAY 12 January 2016 16: 23
              0
              Quote: Professor
              Israel is generally famous for having mock-ups

              Why can't you hear the turbine?
            4. poquello
              poquello 13 January 2016 23: 41
              0
              The AirMule UAV has been developed by Urban Aeronautics (lead contractor for the Tactical Robotics project) since at least 2008.


              Quote: Professor
              Quote: GRAY
              Wow, even a full-size layout is available.

              Of course there is. wink He was still shown in Latrun. Israel is generally famous for mocking up the ass with all kinds of children armed with no weapons.

              Duc. It was not Fayzulin who threw it to Israel by accident.
              ))))))
        2. ICT
          ICT 12 January 2016 16: 30
          0
          Quote: Pimply
          Quote: TIT
          I still can’t understand the scale of the device

          I'm talking about the video
          work units look something like this

          By the way and for the stated goals
      4. 19001900
        19001900 13 January 2016 00: 35
        0
        it’s not the operator’s matter, but the layout of the propellers is not a quadrocopter, because the center of mass is higher
    2. Aaron Zawi
      Aaron Zawi 12 January 2016 06: 45
      +7
      Quote: CruorVult
      Cool thing, to deliver ammunition, to transport the wounded, well done.

      I still think that for this UAV for supply in the first place. It is still very risky to transport the wounded in it. Only in no exit situation.
      1. corporal
        corporal 12 January 2016 07: 27
        +1
        Quote: Aron Zaavi
        It is still very risky to transport the wounded in it. Only in no exit situation.

        And only under general anesthesia. wassat
        ================================================== ====
        Judging by the video, as it seemed to me, the screws are located below the center of gravity of the device. How to compensate for the overturning moment?
        1. GRAY
          GRAY 12 January 2016 08: 37
          0
          Quote: Corporal
          How to compensate for the overturning moment?

          But he does not rise above the air cushion. laughing
        2. Aqela
          Aqela 12 January 2016 09: 24
          0
          Also very interesting is the question of the method of transferring engine power to the screws.
          1. GRAY
            GRAY 12 January 2016 09: 45
            0
            Quote: Aqela
            Also very interesting is the question of the method of transferring engine power to the screws.

            Not sure if something is being transmitted there. Judging by the sound, only electric motors work, the turbine is not audible.
      2. region58
        region58 12 January 2016 11: 11
        +3
        Quote: Aron Zaavi
        It is still very risky to transport the wounded in it. Only in no exit situation.

        Well, it’s not necessary to raise the wounded by 3700, I think they provided for a flight mode at a minimum height, taking into account the terrain. In cases where the score goes for minutes, the very thing you need. And so the device will probably be better than the American four-legged one ...
      3. Fregate
        Fregate 12 January 2016 11: 46
        +3
        Quote: Aron Zaavi
        Only in no exit situation.

        In such a situation, not injured will fly on it.
      4. dauria
        dauria 14 January 2016 19: 07
        0
        I still think that for this UAV for supply in the first place.


        I still believe that there is a rear service for supply. Where did she go with the railroad and road transport? Lagged behind? Or are you in the Stalingrad cauldron? A worthless toy, just like a manned helicopter weighing less than 10 tons. "Hybrid" war games spoiled you. However, we too ... Projectors divorced like dogs.
    3. KasDS
      KasDS 12 January 2016 09: 29
      +6
      Really sensible woodwafer! The blades do not stick out, you can land directly in the crowd or fly through the forest! Or along the narrow streets. In general, buzzing!
      1. Fregate
        Fregate 12 January 2016 11: 55
        +1
        Quote: KasDS
        Really sensible woodwafer! The blades do not stick out, you can land directly in the crowd or fly through the forest! Or along the narrow streets. In general, buzzing!

        Alternatively, you can circle electric trimmers to hang and mow hemp fields in Afghanistan at night, to chop off incomes for bearded smile
    4. spravochnik
      spravochnik 12 January 2016 14: 38
      0
      Only here is very noisy. Such noise will unmask.
      1. Fregate
        Fregate 12 January 2016 17: 30
        +6
        Quote: spravochnik
        Only here is very noisy. Such noise will unmask.

        Can be painted in orange-black stripes. Let them think it's a bee laughing
  2. AlNikolaich
    AlNikolaich 12 January 2016 07: 29
    +8
    Obviously, in serial production, the unit cost will be low. The resources used during operation are small, the pilot is not needed. And there are many ways to use such a small transport machine.
    Well done Israelis, they tried!
  3. qwert
    qwert 12 January 2016 08: 44
    +1
    Quote: Aron Zaavi
    I still think that for this UAV for supply in the first place. It is still very risky to transport the wounded in it. Only in no exit situation.

    "If you want to live, you will not be so hot"
  4. tchoni
    tchoni 12 January 2016 08: 52
    -1
    Do not quite understand what is the benefit of the device? If an unmanned transporter was needed, could it be easier to put an autopilot on a serial Sikorsky? Or are there any other tires?
  5. Professor
    Professor 12 January 2016 09: 03
    13
    It is worth noting that the project to create an AirMule UAV started about 10 years ago.

    Personally, I already doubted that this donkey would ever be tortured. This project was great for the developer.

    The need for this unit is obvious and the military will gladly accept it.

    Do not quite understand what is the benefit of the device? If an unmanned transporter was needed, could it be easier to put an autopilot on a serial Sikorsky? Or are there any other tires?

    Sikorsky expensive apparatus and in the city you just can’t land it - the blades however.



    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 12 January 2016 10: 09
      0
      As in the eastern parable: by that time, either the donkey, or the shah, or ... the developer in general.
    2. gridasov
      gridasov 12 January 2016 13: 13
      0
      This device proves once again that propeller driven aircraft will remain ineffective in all respects. In addition, they are completely uncontrollable when the wind increases from any direction. With all this, from a physical point of view, there are more effective methods and devices instead of these already obsolete movers.
      1. corporal
        corporal 12 January 2016 14: 12
        0
        Quote: gridasov
        For all this, from a physical point of view, there are more effective methods and devices

        1-push wing (plane)
        2-screw
        3-jet thrust
        What do you mean by a new device ???
        1. gridasov
          gridasov 12 January 2016 14: 37
          0
          The principles of motion in an elastic medium themselves, of course, cannot be changed. However, so far no one has been paying attention to creating a propulsion device or device for organizing a hydrodynamic flow in it in such a way that those physical processes are leveled that prevent the screw, propeller, turbine from spinning to speeds above their fracture threshold. At the same time, the flow of air or water itself, after overcoming such threshold moments, begins to actively show its potential capabilities. Therefore, the new movers are based on new algorithms of how the flow in them moves. This means that it is possible and already experimentally justified and justified that with an increase in the speed of rotation of the banal shaft (of course and obviously better from an electric motor, and not from the internal combustion engine) and with an increase in the speed of rotation, a decrease in the resistance to rotation of the device occurs. Even rather, this force and the resistance vector are used. That is, in other words, the mathematical and physical proportionality of the growth of the necessary and applied power from the increase in the flow capacity of the device is destroyed. I note that in this context, the problems were not even considered. All this means that processes starting with a simple screw or propeller, and then turbines, since the principles of the former are laid down in them, can be replaced by devices with orders of magnitude more effective results that the device provides both a suction flow and an outgoing flow in non-proportional dependencies. That is, at the exit we have a much more powerful potential of the flow due to its potential energy. See for example how water escapes from a bypass tunnel when dumping water from a dam.
          With all that said, the quality factor of the device is much higher than that of the propeller blades or propellers. Etc. I can say one thing that those who will own such technologies, and this, among other things, fundamentally new approaches to the study of highly dynamic processes at the end of hydrodynamic flows, will completely dominate the methods of movement in media. Or in such cases they say that everything that can be torn from the Earth will fly.
          1. corporal
            corporal 12 January 2016 15: 37
            +1
            Quote: gridasov
            the device provides both a suction flow and an outgoing one in non-proportional dependencies. That is, at the exit we have a much more powerful potential of the flow due to its potential energy

            In other words, the same jet engine with a new type of energy pumping outgoing stream.
            Question: what to pump up? Plasma, lasers and electromagnetic fields of high density are still out of the realm of fantasy. There remains the good old chemical process of burning fuel. request

            PS You + for your fanaticism (in the good sense of the word).
            1. gridasov
              gridasov 12 January 2016 15: 50
              0
              Thanks! But the essence of "pumping", as you call it, is to create cavitation. But cavitation is not superficial or in some small area like on the blades, but in the entire depth of the flow. Moreover, up to the level of sonoluminescence. Therefore, it is premature to talk about fanaticism. Although I would rather go crazy because I see the blindness of people's minds.
              1. ICT
                ICT 12 January 2016 16: 39
                +1
                Quote: gridasov
                but in the full depth of the stream.

                something like that lol




                Quote: gridasov
                Although I would rather lose my mind that I see the blindness of the mind of people.

                be simpler and people will reach for you wink
                1. gridasov
                  gridasov 12 January 2016 17: 41
                  0
                  I would gratefully take your remark into account, but I still cannot come up with a definition. What term can still be described, for example, WATER moving through a cross section, for example, a cone. Moreover, each point of this, I do not know what you think is called, has its own parameters.
                2. gridasov
                  gridasov 12 January 2016 17: 45
                  0
                  By the way, a very interesting video. Thanks!. It is clearly seen that the key part of the wing moves in a circle, but turns out at a certain moment. We pay attention only to the moments smoothing the air flow. Pancake! Again, "flow". I can't think of anything else.
  6. Izotovp
    Izotovp 12 January 2016 10: 13
    +2
    The evacuation of the wounded is very necessary not only for the military, but also for the rescuers, and a resuscitation chamber should fit in such a device. And the capabilities of this apparatus for fighting fires were not considered?
  7. Taoist
    Taoist 12 January 2016 11: 17
    +1
    To be honest, I do not quite understand what the choice of such an aerodynamic scheme is connected with. It was easier to launch the same quadrocopter with screws in the ring nozzles ... Judging by the blinds system, a rather complicated stabilization system was used there. However, seriously discussing such things, having as information only a photo of appearance is an ungrateful occupation.
    1. spravochnik
      spravochnik 12 January 2016 14: 40
      +1
      Probably to get a more compact and safer to use machine.
      1. Taoist
        Taoist 12 January 2016 16: 31
        0
        The quad scheme with screws in ring nozzles is no less compact, there are less losses and it is easier to balance. Moreover, if we build a "mule" - i.e. transport device, then it is most logical to use the modular principle of transport containers hung on the chassis itself. In this case, it is possible to provide a non-stop method in general - it flew up to the point, dropped the container, and left ... In any case, the turntables (and any aircraft) are most easily affected precisely during takeoff and landing. The speed is minimal, there is no maneuver ...
  8. Taoist
    Taoist 12 January 2016 11: 47
    +1


    By the way, the already flying prototype of a quadrocopter taxi is the same drone.
    1. ICT
      ICT 12 January 2016 13: 13
      0
      Quote: Taoist
      By the way, the already flying prototype of a quadrocopter taxi is the same drone.


      saw, but also closer to Kubrick than to Sikorsky
  9. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 12 January 2016 11: 49
    +2
    Development began as usual after the tragedy: in 2006
    Hezbollah shot down an Israeli transport helicopter on take-off by an ATGM.
    He landed the paratroopers and took the wounded.
    Then they began to think about how to make the "vertical" compact and therefore less
    vulnerable.

    The question is how much will be allocated to the "mule" in the military budget ...
  10. Gunther
    Gunther 12 January 2016 12: 15
    -6
    Al-Khwarizmi's book Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah was the prototype of the word "algebra", and the principles described in it are still used today. Open al-Kindi frequency analysis served as the basis for the development modern cryptography©, so I won’t be surprised if the Fedayins take control of the Israeli devilpilot and will be "Flying Mule" to attack the Arab partisans)))
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 12 January 2016 17: 45
      0
      Nobody argues about the outstanding achievements of the Arabs and Islam.
      in the early Middle Ages.
  11. abc_alex
    abc_alex 12 January 2016 13: 14
    +1
    Quote: voyaka uh
    Development began as usual after the tragedy: in 2006
    Hezbollah shot down an Israeli transport helicopter on take-off by an ATGM.
    He landed the paratroopers and took the wounded.
    Then they began to think about how to make the "vertical" compact and therefore less
    vulnerable.

    The question is how much will be allocated to the "mule" in the military budget ...



    And how would this "mule" be better in the situation you described? Harder to hit? Don't you think that a line of 12,5 will disassemble this "mule" into units?
    1. padded jacket
      padded jacket 12 January 2016 13: 27
      -1
      It is very likely that this "air mule" is just another way to steal money from the budget of the Israeli Defense Ministry.
      1. GRAY
        GRAY 12 January 2016 14: 42
        -1
        Quote: quilted jacket
        It is very likely that this "air mule" is just another way to steal money from the budget of the Israeli Defense Ministry.

        The sound in the video is very similar to an aircraft model with an electric motor made in a scale of 1:16.
        1. padded jacket
          padded jacket 12 January 2016 14: 55
          -1
          Quote: GRAY
          The sound in the video is very similar to an aircraft model with an electric motor made in a scale of 1:16.

          Most likely it is now the Israeli military-industrial complex will show the military a model and then the military-industrial complex bought from the budget will allocate money for this "miracle" and then when its creators "fill" their pockets with shekels they will forget about this "invention" or declare it not quite successful as it was with a "land mule" in the USA.
    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 12 January 2016 16: 32
      +4

      "And how would this" mule "be better in the situation you described? Is it harder to hit?" ///

      I thought it was clear ...
      "Mule" can land on a small patch, hidden from the direct
      visibility ATGM bushes or trees, and the helicopter needs a large open meadow, where it can be seen from afar.
  12. qwert
    qwert 12 January 2016 14: 02
    +2
    The machine is really small, and the payload is very impressive. Whatever they say there is a good concept. Its still to the maximum of composites to do, reduce the visibility for the radar. And for the Ministry of Emergencies and Special Forces, a manned version is also possible, with the possibility of unmanned return to the base.
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  15. ivanovbg
    ivanovbg 12 January 2016 15: 34
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    the device was not “tied” to the ground with the help of special cables to ensure safety


    Please explain to me what kind of security do these cables provide? So that the Arabs do not drag him away laughing
    1. corporal
      corporal 12 January 2016 15: 44
      +1
      Quote: ivanovbg
      What kind of security do these cables provide?

      Are you kidding or don't you really understand?
      If you seriously ask, then so that this crap, in case of an emergency in management, does not decide to fly somewhere and land in / on (window of the house, wires of electrical substation, gas station, etc. .... or just the back of the head) -Underline whatever applicable.
      1. ivanovbg
        ivanovbg 12 January 2016 16: 11
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        I seriously ask. I didn’t think that in the 21 century the drone would be dragged like a ram on a 5 rope thousand years ago.
  16. Idiot
    Idiot 12 January 2016 17: 16
    +5
    I will refrain from commenting, otherwise I already have -800. There is some chaos.
    1. AUL
      AUL 12 January 2016 18: 13
      +2
      And this is an unrestrained way of thinking!
    2. ICT
      ICT 12 January 2016 21: 18
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      Quote: pft, fkb
      otherwise I already have -800


      you can speak everything wink
  17. ICT
    ICT 12 January 2016 21: 46
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    Quote: TIT

    those. TTZ has arrived to you. YOU SIT A YEAR OVER THE CULMAN. and all

    then we eliminate minor troubles and in a year to the troops (there is no sighting radar there. breo from quadrocopters)



  18. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 12 January 2016 22: 33
    +3
    The basis in this device is not its ability to fly - there is such an engine that the fence will fly with it. The main thing is its SOFT. He is autonomous in control, flies where ordered, and sits down where indicated. He can really save a group trapped in a battle in the mountains or in urban areas. Having delivered not only ammunition, but also compact heavy weapons, decent ammunition for the guns. And try to hit such a "bee" flying at low altitude with a rounding relief at a speed of more than 100 km / h. Anything. But she flies at night, no worse than during the day.
    And further. In my opinion, such a technique is the shortest way to create flying general-purpose vehicles. The secret is in mass production. A Robinson 22 helicopter costs about $ 280 thousand, and if they were produced in hundreds of thousands, the price would be five times less. Judging by the ratio of flight parameters and engine power - with the aerodynamics of this mule - is bad. But dashing trouble is the beginning.
  19. Gunther
    Gunther 13 January 2016 00: 10
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    ... the Globes newspaper wrote that
    Cormorant drones may soon be adopted by U.S. special forces

    This is apparently a replacement for the disgraced "robot mule" that was created
    agency Boston Dynamics commissioned by the agency
    DARPA
    Given the presence of the word mule, the fate of the Israeli pepelats will be similar, Kabbalah is power)))
  20. ICT
    ICT 13 January 2016 00: 14
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    Quote: Mountain Shooter
    The basis in this device is not its ability to fly - there is such an engine that the fence will fly with it. The main thing is its SOFT. He is autonomous in control, flies where ordered, and sits down where indicated. He can really save a group trapped in a battle in the mountains or in urban areas. Having delivered not only ammunition, but also compact heavy weapons, decent ammunition for the guns. And try to hit such a "bee" flying at low altitude with a rounding relief at a speed of more than 100 km / h. Anything. But she flies at night, no worse than during the day.


    TTZ good I do not argue. this kind of progress is not! what is the problem ? as for me .with my 2 aerodynamics watch. this is a mistake inherent in the initial stage of the project.

    there they have a second similar projection hanging in the air. will pop up again soon.
  21. Denimax
    Denimax 13 January 2016 00: 39
    +1
    Such turboduy have a very low efficiency, so the performance characteristics can be very high. For comparison, all verticals like Harrier eat an incredible amount of fuel at launch and landing, and this unit eats fuel for the whole flight.
    The helicopter has already mastered the fighting, it is much easier to adapt it to deliver cargo with a short hover. Well, let the experimenters have a road.)
  22. rubin6286
    rubin6286 13 January 2016 17: 18
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    The article is interesting, informative. Israel has been living in a state of war for a long time, and those who are constantly at war know better than others about the problems that arise in the conduct of hostilities. In this sense, the Israeli AirMule UAV seems to me to be of some interest. It allows you to transport by air cargo weighing up to 440 kg at a range of up to 300 km with a speed of about 185 km / h at an altitude of up to 3,7 thousand meters. The device meets the necessary criteria and safety standards and is intended not only for the military, but also for civilian purposes. This is a kind of “flying car” of a very wide scope. indispensable for the evacuation of the wounded in street battles, ensuring the conduct of hostilities, in the aftermath of emergency situations, the provision of medical care, etc. etc., in a word, where an ordinary helicopter is simply not able to land.
    Need this kind of UAV of the Russian army? Without regard to particulars (sometimes it is they that do not allow one or another model to be adopted), I think that in general, it is needed (4-6 per motorized rifle battalion).
    During the military service, in training, I had to withdraw the unit to the field area and stay there for 2-3 days, completing a 10-15 kilometer march in the taiga. No one was waiting for me at the place of deployment and, therefore, everything needed to be taken with me. There was a lot of this necessary, and the conscript soldier was not Ilya Muromets at all, in a word, there was plenty of trouble. As I completed the task, the conversation is separate. If we had such a UAV, everything would be much simpler and faster.
    Our Su-24 was shot down, the search Mi-8 was damaged by fire from the ground and destroyed after landing. It is possible that the skillful use of UAVs, such as AirMule, would contribute to a more effective solution to the problem of saving the crew.
    So far, out of more than 1600 UAVs available in the Russian army, there are no such devices, but it’s a pity ....
  23. Termit1309
    Termit1309 14 January 2016 04: 24
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    Quote: voyaka uh
    "Mule" can land on a small patch, hidden from the direct
    visibility ATGM bushes or trees, and the helicopter needs a large open meadow, where it can be seen from afar.

    Structurally and in size can. With a pilot, no problem. But he is a drone, remotely planting on a heel surrounded by trees will be very difficult. Plus high consumption of broken devices.
    Although if there is no other way out, surrounded and the ammunition ends ...
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 14 January 2016 10: 01
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      On it are video cameras looking down and on the sides.
      An experienced cameraman can sit even in Tel Aviv.
  24. dzeredzavkomimu
    dzeredzavkomimu 15 January 2016 22: 47
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    the topic is normal, range and carrying capacity for its own mass is the same normal 1 to 3, besides, the pilot is not needed, the only thing that can give out positions does not fly when there is interference, and in principle, as the Germans did from infantry at one time -motor infantry, then such infantry vehicles will be made more mobile, as well as individual knapsacks.ap, well, as they say, the road will be overpowered by the road, And then we will buy from them))) as now the UAV, and we’ll muddle our own))) by the way a flamethrower multicopter, in different conditions, including radio interference, armed with a flamethrower and a grenade launcher))) I still need to attach a stretcher for the wounded and almost .. mule .. got it, though the size and carrying capacity do not tell)