Tethered Drone System Released for Military Communications Relay

Elistair’s Orion HL can carry payloads of 4 kgs at 90 meters and 5 kgs at 50 meters for flight durations of 50 hours By DA Staff / 14 Mar 2023
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Elistair has released a new tethered drone system designed to support the demand for variable height antennas from military, public safety and homeland security customers.

Tethered drones can enable the establishment and extension of secured mobile networks, with rapid deployment and persistence in the air.

Leveraging the original Orion platform used by military forces and security forces in over 30 countries for ISR missions, the new Orion Heavy Lift (HL) benefits from the same level of automation, ruggedization and safety architecture as its parent. 

Able to carry payloads of 4 kgs at 90 meters and 5 kgs at 50 meters for flight durations of 50 hours, Orion HL can be deployed in minutes and its easily transportable.


Experiment Manager ‘Tor’ from the Norwegian Army Combined Arms Battle Laboratory said: “We have put the Orion 2 tethered UAV system, provided by Elistairs’ Norwegian partner Northcom, through several tests during the last years experiment to test its limits. During these tests, the system has proven to be a flexible and reliable solution capable of handling the challenging operational environment and conditions above the Arctic Circle in Norway. The introduction of the Heavy Lift version also provides us with a very useful tool for lifting communication equipment to create temporary communication coverage in challenging areas of operation.”


Along with Elistair’s new Payload Development Kit, partners can now seamlessly integrate their payloads and sensors to widen the capabilities of the platform for the end-users. A beta-testing program with selected partners allowed the successful integration of a CORDIS Array II from Radionor, a 5G relay and a SIGINT payload.

First deliveries are planned for the end of May 2023.

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