APG, the premier Israeli UAS designer and manufacturer, has unveiled the Peres, the distinctively innovative family of UASs, delivering significant breakthroughs in technology, operation, and logistics. The Peres UAS can fly horizontally and vertically, transitioning from vertical take-off to horizontal flight and from horizontal flight to vertical landing – thanks to APG’s patented feat of engineering.
Tactical UASs are the ideal solution for a variety of military missions, civilian applications, and commercial uses, such as: ship-based take-off and landing, offshore drilling-rig access, ground-force logistical support, package delivery, and precision farming.
The Peres can take off and land in a five-meter (16-foot) square area. It is among the first systems of its kind whose four engines enable it to transition from horizontal to vertical flight. This design surpasses competing UASs under development that are shackled by dedicated engines for each flight direction – engines that must be powered on and off – which greatly limits payload due to their burdensome design.
APG has successfully conducted final flight tests of the Peres 2 in preparation for aviation licensing and regulatory approval. The UAS has a wingspan of more than two meters (seven feet) and a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 93 lb. (42 kg). It has endurance of up to eight hours with a payload of 7¼ lb. (3.3 kg), a 93-mile (150 km) mission radius, and a cruising speed of 55 knots at an altitude of 8,000 feet with a service ceiling of 15,000 feet.
To date, Peres 1 and Peres 2 version UASs have been developed, ground-tested and flight-tested. The near-term plan is to design and build Peres models 3 and 4, which will weigh more than 440 lb. (200 kg) and boast flight endurance of 12 hours.