Israel’s military is preparing to issue a request for information (RFI) for a so-called “personal UAS” for use by infantry soldiers.

The operational requirement for such an unmanned air system stems from the framework of the Israel Defence Forces’ (IDF) “Digital Army” programme. This envisions an infantry soldier being equipped with navigation and communication systems that will make the individual part of a wide array of systems that create a “big picture”, but which at the same time allow the lone soldier to affect the battlefield.

Sources indicate the pending request will focus on a 1-1.5kg (2.2-3.3lb) UAS with an endurance of 15min, carrying a day or night payload. The aim is to enable a low unit price, mainly by mass production. […]