New Drones Unveiled in Israel

February 22, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015
The Eitan, the Israeli Air Force's latest generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), is displayed alongside a CH-53 helicopter during a ceremony intoducing it into the 210th UAV squadron on Feb. 21, at the Tel Nof air base in central Israel.  (David Silverman/Getty Images)
The Eitan, the Israeli Air Force's latest generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), is displayed alongside a CH-53 helicopter during a ceremony intoducing it into the 210th UAV squadron on Feb. 21, at the Tel Nof air base in central Israel. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

Israel's air force unveiled a fleet of unmanned airplane drones, which can stay in the air for 24 hours and are capable of reaching as far as Iran, on Sunday.

The new drones, called Eitan, have a wingspan of 85 feet, similar to that of a Boeing 737.

The drones are able to provide surveillance and jam enemy communications, an Israeli defense official told AP.

The Israeli air force did not comment on whether the planes were designed to be used against Iran.

Israel has previously hinted at the possibility of a strike against Iran if it does not halt its nuclear program, AP reports. Israeli companies are leaders in the world in the development of drones planes.