|Status:||In Service / On Order|
|Number:||3+ (fleet size to multiply by six)|
|Cost:||1st Order: $50 million|
|2nd Order: $90 million|
|Acquired:||2011 (first saw combat in July 2014)|
|Country of origin:||Israel|
|Role:||Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)|
|Take-Off/Landing:||Conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)|
|Power plant:||Rotax 914 engine|
|Thrust:||115 hp (86 kW)|
|Wingspan:||49.21 ft (15 m)|
|Length:||27.23 ft (8.3 m)|
|Max takeoff weight:||2,601 lb (1,180 kg)|
|Max payload||771.6 lb (350 kg)|
|Speed:||138 mph (222.1 km/h)|
|Ceiling:||30,000 ft (9,144 m)|
|Radar/Sensors:||Long Range Electro-optics/Infrared|
|Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)|
|Maritime Patrol Radar (MPR)|
|Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) sensors|
|Communications Intelligence (COMINT) sensors|
|Wide Area Surveillance / Mapping|
|Misc Systems:||Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI)|
|Automatic Identification System (AIS)|
|Electronic Warfare (EW) system|
|Communications jamming (COMM JAM)|
|Satellite Communication & LOS Data Link|
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