In addition to the drones already deployed by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) today, the Israeli military has been actively seeking to augment the Armys ground fighters with accessible, capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Today, urban combat is at the heart of Israeli warfare, and it makes sense to have a fleet of drones on standby to assist ground forces in locating and destroying enemy assets, rather than relying on IAF support.
The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) "ROTEM L" is one of the candidates to expand the tactical range of the Israeli Army.
ROTEM L is described as a tactical expendable "loitering ammunition" manufactured in a compact and lightweight form that can be carried on the modern battlefield. It's a multi-rotor "quadcopter" used to deliver precision munitions in close-quarters combat -- a vital role in urban combat. The quadcopter configuration allows the ROTEM L to hover (loiter) over a specific area for up to 45 minutes (if necessary) while searching for a suitable target and fly where it needs to be at speeds of up to 50 knots (57.5 mph). With a typical operating range of up to 1,500 meters (up to about 10,000 meters), the air system can be ready for flight in less than a minute.
Its operation relies on an infantryman, although it can fly autonomously and still requires soldiers to be "in the loop" to make those mission-critical decisions. It can attack stationary and moving targets with equal lethality.
In addition to the attack role, the aircraft can be equipped with standard ISR (Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance) equipment as a general-purpose reconnaissance platform and provide ground combatants with real-time high-definition (HD) intelligence (via a wearable tablet) Via an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera.
The lethal payload of the ROTEM L is 2 x 1 kg warheads. The attack accuracy is within one meter of the target area, and the system is consumed during the attack.
The ROTEM L is designed to operate as quietly as possible (due to its electric drive) to maintain an advantage over unsuspecting enemies, and has a low battlefield profile due to its relatively compact size.
- Ground Attack
- Close Air Support (CAS)
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
- Special Forces
57 mph (92 km/h; 50 knots)
6 miles (10 km; 5 nmi)
2 x Internal 2kg warheads. This can replace ISR equipment for reconnaissance.
ROTEM L - name of the base series