IA-17 is a small fixed wing UAV

The IA-17 is a small fixed wing UAV whose flight configuration has been designed in order to provide the best performance when employed for patrol, surveillance, aerial observation and reconnaissance missions.

Propulsion is provided by a 2-stroke gasoline engine and the lift and control surfaces are optimized to achieve maximum endurance and a high cruising speed. The IA-17 is constructed of a fiberglass shock-proof airframe which also means that the airframe is lighter, stronger and less affected by corrosion and fatigue. A fiberglass airframe also provides the advantage that it lasts longer, meaning lower maintenance and replacement costs.

IA-17 Fixed Wings UAV

The modular construction of the platform offers the capability to easily install different sensor payloads in the nose section of the IA-17 Manta allowing the system to be employed in the optimum configuration according to expected mission and scenario conditions.

The modular nature of the body, wings and motor section also allow any damaged or malfunctioning section or a section requiring scheduled maintenance to easily be swapped out.


Monitoring & Inspection
Pipeline, Power Line, Power Plant, Infrastructure and Hazardous Area Inspections
Surveys & Photography
Environmental and Scientific surveys, Precision Agriculture, Photogrammetry and Aerial Mapping
Law Enforcement
Aerial Investigations, Pre-operation Visual Assessments, Crowd Control Forensic-oriented Audio, Video and Picture Capturing

The IA-17 is launched via a catapult system that can be prepared in under 15 minutes and then dismantled in a similar time. Without the need for an external power supply, the catapult system is versatile. It can also be operated in wet or sandy conditions as well as in winds up to 10m/s. For safety and security, the IA-17 can be launched via remote control.

A parachute allows landing on unprepared terrain enabling operations in the most complex environments. It also ensures that landing is performed in a safe and recoverable manner. The system can also be used for emergency landings in the case of unscheduled events.

IA-17: fixed wings UAV


Landing on the ground or water

Achieve maximum endurance and a high cruising speed

Easily install different sensor payloads

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IA-17 Features


Designed to support long endurance area patrols and reconnaissance in day or night time conditions with real-time transmission of data to the operators, the IA-17 Manta UAS in reconnaissance configuration is equipped with fully gyro-stabilized pan/tilt/zoom EO/IR camera turret featuring continuous 360° rotation. The platform is equipped with a gyro-stabilized airborne sensor with a high resolution 10x zoom CMOS sensor for daytime operations and 4x thermal imager for nighttime activities.

The front payload bay is fully accessible by removing the transparent dome. The standard configuration implements a gimbal 3 axis mechanism with a Camera Full HD , 20,4 Mpx still pictures, with 30x opt. Zoom and 2x dig zoom mounted in the dome . Thermal Sensor (IP67) is Pivoting 100° and is mounted on the belly.


Large area surveys and data collection from target locations for analysis, mapping, change detection and 3D reconstruction is enabled by the adoption of a photogrammetry package which employs a digital camera with a full frame 22.3 megapixel sensor and 50 mm f/1.8 lens. The electronic camera management and control system integrates its own high-precision IMU and GPS for geo-referencing acquired images.

  • Modular, lightweight and robust composite body (aramidic and glass fibre) Versatile mission-driven system composition
  • Easy-swap payload bay
  • Retractable payload system
  • Ground mission planning and full autonomous flight with the capability to manually intervene at any time
  • Encrypted digital link for telemetry data and control

Key Features

Catapult for IA-17 Manta UAV


  • Ready for launch and disassembly in no more than 15 minutes
  • operates without any external power supply
  • operates in wet/sandy conditions
  • can launch in wind conditions up to 10 m/s
  • launch command can be remotely provided


Overall Length 1270 mm
Wingspan 2800 mm
Height 215 mm
Take-off Weight (max) 25.0 kg
Empty Weight 17.5 kg
Payload 7.5 kg
Maximum Speed 200 kph
Endurance 8 hrs
Propulsion Gasoline Engine
Operational Ceiling 6,000 m
Mission Radius (D/L) 60 km LoS
  • Ready for launch and disassembly in no more than 15 minutes
  • operates without any external power supply
  • operates in wet/sandy conditions
  • can launch in wind conditions up to 10 m/s
  • launch command can be remotely provided
Ground Control Station
  • Scalable and customizable software/hardware interface (console or portable GCS Options)
  • Full HD graphical user interface
  • Mission planning capability
  • Real-time mission management
  • STANAG 4586 protocol compliant
  • Optional touch screen human machine interface (HMI)
  • Advanced moving map features
  • Eye-on-target feature
  • Multiple platform control
UAS Control Data-link:
  • Customizable frequency according to customer standards
  • Secure encrypted transmission (optional)
  • Long-range coverage (up to 60 km)
Payload Data-link:
  • Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (COFDM) technology, DVB-based
  • Long-range coverage (up to 60 km) with multipath immunity
  • 1 full HD video transmission
  • State-of-the-art compression technologies (H.264)
  • Secure encrypted transmission
  • GPS based auto-tracking capability
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