from the March 2006 issue

Asia Eurospace 2006

The recently held Asian Eurospace 2006 featured two Israeli exhibits that drew considerable attention. One of these was the Heron UAV System is an operational fourth generation long- endurance medium- altitude system based on leading- edge technology with new fully automatic take-off and landing features. It provides deep-penetration, wide-area, real-time intelligence to national agencies, theater commanders and lower echelons. The Heron provides ample modular space up to 250 kg for customer furnished equipment, is interoperable with other MALAT UAV systems and has demonstrated 52 hours of continuous flight.

Hermes - 450
The Hermes 450 is a medium size UAV supplying real time intelligence data to ground forces. The UAV (length 6.1 m, wingspan 10.5 m and weight 450 kg), was designed for tactical long endurance missions.

With multi-payload capability (150 kg, 300 L, 1.6 kVA) the Hermes 450 is effective for ISTAR, SIGINT, communication relays and other missions for Division to Corps levels. It is powered by a 52 hp rotary UEL engine that provides a maximum speed of 95 KTAS@SL, altitude over 18 kft, endurance over 20 hours. The Hermes 450 features fully redundant avionics, fully autonomous flight, LOS and/or satellite communication data link with a fully composite structure that is highly mobile and easily deployed. It shares a common Ground Control Station, data link and avionics with the entire Hermes family.

Laser reborn
High among the most important Israeli innovations was the development of carbon dioxide medical lasers.

The one individual who stands out in the field is Professor Isaac Kaplan, a brilliant surgeon, whose reconstructive surgery helped to restore the bodies of wounded soldiers). In the 1970s, early in the history of the development of medical lasers, he focused his attention on research, which resulted in the development of a broad line of carbon dioxide surgical lasers. This gave birth to an important Israeli high-tech industry. After overcoming the technical difficulties, several thousand of the carbon dioxide surgical medical lasers were sold worldwide. The company that manufactured the lasers was absorbed by another concern.

More than 30 years later a small start up company, Mediclase, established in 2003, has developed and is marketing a low cost, portable carbon dioxide laser, similar to the one invented by Prof. Kaplan, but smaller and considerably less expensive. Mediclaser product folds neatly into a suitcase, depending on the configuration, weighs 35-75 lbs.

Dr. Zeev Pam, who purchased several of the Mediclaser units says "it is an excellent unit and the price is highly competitive".

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report March 2006

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