• PRESS RELEASE:  Tactical Robotics’ Cormorant Achieves IDF Mission Demo Milestone

    On May 7th, Tactical Robotics (a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics Ltd), based in Yavne. Israel, successfully performed a first “mission representative” demonstration for its lead customer, the Israel Defence Forces.  This milestone was announced for the first time today at the Israel Combat Rescue and Emergency Medicine conference where the company also presented Cormorant’s capability to be the first UAS system fielded for unmanned casualty evacuation missions.

    The demo took place at Megiddo Airfield in the Galilee and consisted of taking off with a load of cargo, preforming a pre-planned flight to a specified point of delivery, offloading the cargo, and loading of a specialized, medical training manikin simulating a casualty which was then returned to the point of origin. A monitor supplied by the IDF’s chief surgeon Trauma Branch (see Tactical Robotics’ May 2017 update) transmits vital information to the crews on the ground, in addition to a video camera for two-way communication with the patient. With the exception of the loading of the 'casualty’ and off-loading of cargo, the entire simulated mission was performed autonomously.

    The demonstration, a combination of cargo delivery and casualty evacuation, reflects Cormorant’s unique dual-role capability as the only UAS recognized by NATO to fulfill both cargo delivery and CasEvac missions. As such, the aircraft is designed to exceed the standard reliability and handling qualities required of a typical, tactical UAS in order to meet the requirements to safely ferry human “cargo” back from the battlefield.
    Cormorant IDF Mission Demo May 2018
    Cormorant CasEvac Loading

    For more information, please contact the company at info@tactical-robotics.com

  • While we are busy completing the installation of our new SafranHE Arriel 2 engine (which involves adapting our FCS software to accommodate the Arriel 2’s advanced fuel control) we received exciting news that Urban Aeronautics and Cormorant are featured in a lengthy article in the January/February issue of  Veriflite Magazine (the quarterly publication of the American Helicopter Society (AHS)) and Cormorant is even on the cover!  AHS is considered the world’s leading organization for the VTOL community and Vertiflite is its publication of record.The article is also available online at the AHS eVTOL site.  While you’re there, check out the eVTOL news’ interview with Urban’s CEO, Rafi Yoeli on their YouTube channel..

    We expect to complete the engine installation process and return to flight testing by the end of February.