The Israel Air Force (IAF) is soon to induct the advanced Eitan unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in various combat sectors including Gaza and Lebanon following eight years of development.

Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Eitan is a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV designed for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.

The 14m-long drone has a wingspan of 110ft and can fly for 20 hours at a maximum speed of 143 knots.

The vehicle can also be used for aerial refuelling and armed roles including missile defence and long-range strategic strikes.

The IAF 210 Squadron will be the first unit to operate the Eitans, as reported by