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Searcher MK II was developed in 1990 by IAI. It is designed to provide indications of a variety of impact weapon systems and for reconnaissance to tactical depth. This is an improved model of a UAV searcher, but its length and wingspan are larger. Thailand purchased 4 such systems and a ground station. After the buyers became India, Spain and Singapore. For the first time, IAI demonstrated the searcher MkII at the international exhibition in Singapore in the winter of 1998. In 2000, India signed a contract for the supply of not less than 32 complexes of this type. Delhi purchased another 8 of such UAVs in 2003 year. They are actively used for observation and reconnaissance on the Indo-Pakistan border. Also searcher is used in various search and rescue operations.

Takeoff weight of the device is 436 kg. Its length is 5,85 m, and the wing span is 8,55 m. According to the manufacturer, in such equipment the searcher MkII can be in flight up to 20 hours. It can operate within a radius of 250 km at a speed of 200 km per hour and a flight altitude of 6100 m. The UAV has a sufficiently low level of its own noise. This is ensured by using a two-bladed propeller and a low-noise 4-cylinder engine. In the nose compartment, which is made of composite materials, there is a radio electronic equipment and a central on-board computer. In the cargo compartment there is equipment for TV cameras, photographic equipment, electronic warfare equipment, laser target designator.

UAVs are launched on their own or with the help of the pneumatics. They are transported in disassembled form. Planting should be done with the help of the catcher or independently. Crew apparatus - 3-4 person. A control wire drone in flight, taking off the other controls, the third acts as a commander of the fourth serving equipment.

In general searcher MkII quite effective means for reconnaissance in the air. He can compete with drones of the same size, which are produced by other companies. One of the advantages searcher MkII - he has produced for a long time and was commissioned in different climatic conditions.

IAI SEARCHER II. Characteristics:

Modification Searcher II
Wingspan, m 8.55
Length m 5.85
Height, m 1.16
Weight, kg  
payload 100
fuel 110
maximum take-off 426
engine's type 1 Limbach L 550
Power, hp X 1 47
Maximum speed km / h 200
Cruising speed, km / h 196
Range, km 250
Flight duration, h 15-18
ceiling 6100


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