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Tactical Aerostat Observation System (TAOS)

Country of Origin: Israel


The Tactical Aerostat Observation System (TAOS) was an advanced observation system designed to detect rocket launches and direct return fire. Operated from the ground, the aerostat was intended to hover at a height of up to 3,300 ft (1,000 m). It was equipped with camera and radar systems and could operate during the day and at night.

The TAOS was designed to acquire short-term intelligence, such as the location of terrorists or rocket-launch sites, and provide information to...

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