The "Shoval" UAV, an IAI (Israeli Aerospace Industries) development, will replace the "Searcher", operated by the "First UAV" Squadron.The UAV is able to endure a 30-hour flight, and carry advanced payload.
"The "Shoval" is a breakthrough in the UAV world of IDF, not only because of its physical size, but also due to the operational potential it bears" says Lt. Col. H', commander of the "First UAV" Squadron. "We've been operating the UAV for over a year, in close cooperation with IAI, with peak activity taking place during the military action in Lebanon".
Prior to "Shoval"s arrival, the squadron operated the basic version of the UAV, without any specific modifications. In the future, additional capabilities such as automatic take off and landing will be added. Captain Dolev, the operations officer of the squadron adds: "I have no doubt that the squadron and the air force will raise the "Shoval" to unimaginable achievements, just like it happened with the "Zahavan" ("Shuval"s "grandfather") and the "Searcher", the previous generation. Both represented a significant breakthrough at the time.
The "Shoval" is not even close to exhausting its capabilities, and this is only the start. The pace of advancement in the world of UAV is much faster than any other field in the aerospace industry. Because these are unmanned vehicles, it is possible to take greater risks, and march forward much qui