Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduced an unmanned helicopter unit designed to perform a wide array of surveillance and monitoring tasks for large areas.

On September 6, 2020, IAI issued a statement revealing its new of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squadron of small helicopters called MultiFlyer.

The company said that MultiFlyer was designed to synthesize separate UAV missions into a single cloud of information by operating a full unit of individual drone-like helicopters. These UAV’s would function separately from a single point of control, like a smartphone or a tablet, allowing the helicopter fleet to cover large areas in sheer numbers.

According to IAI, the helicopter unit was designed to monitor disaster areas, guide rescue units in life-saving missions, control traffic in mass events, secure facilities, help law enforcement, and survey wide agricultural and marine areas.

The company has worked closely together with three other Israeli tech start-ups, namely Alpha Unmanned Systems, Simplex and Sightec.

Israel Aerospace Industries is an aerospace and aviation manufacturer that produces both aerial and astronautic systems for the public and the military. It was established in 1953 and has designed, developed and produced civil aircraft, missiles, avionics, drones and space-based systems.