Searcher II



An intelligence mini-UAV that began its service in 1992, and has since participated in routine security operations in Lebanon. It serves to locate terrorist targets and aids IAF planes while they carry out their attacks. In June of 1998, the IAF's Mini-UAV Squadron received improved 'Searcher 2' UAVs. The Searcher 2s have backswept wings, a new engine, a new navigation system and advanced communications systems.

IAI Searcher 2 UAV

The Searcher Mk II is a multi mission tactical UAV system used for surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, artillery adjustment and damage assessment.
The Searcher Mk II system main features and capabilities are:

  •  Multiple operational configurations
    • SAR/GMTI
    • SIGINT
    • EO/IR
  • Low-noise integrated 4 stroke engine for low audio detection
  • Built from composite materials to reduce radar tection
  • Adverse weather capability
  • Safe, reliable and easy operation
  • Two proven simultaneous Automatic Takeoff and Landing (ATOL) systems for maximal safety
  • Fully redundant, state-of-the-art avionics


  • Electro Optical (TV & IR Combi or Triple Sensor TV/IR/LD)
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) 
  • COMINT & ESM Integration Capability 
  • Customer furnished payloads


  • Direct Line-of-Sight (LOS) data link 
  • UAV airborne data relay for beyond LOS missions 
  • Ground-based data relay for beyond LOS missions

Endurance        20 hr.
Range            300 km
Altitude        23,000 ft

Technical Data

Max. take-off weight     436 kg
Max. payload weight    120 kg

Overall length       5.85 m 
Wingspan             8.55 m
Searcher Mk II Delivered To India

The Indian Army has reportedly deployed its first batch of 25 Israeli-made Searcher Mark II unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over its frontiers with Pakistan and China. I India has purchased 100 of the reconnaissance drones at a cost of $750 million and may double this order. The Searcher Mark II is produced by Israel Aircraft Industries. It can remain airborne for 16 hours and has a maximum range of 150 kilometers at the relatively high altitude of 18,500 feet, making it especially suitable for missions over the Himalayas.