Tactical Robotics Cormorant

Quick Summary

The Cormorant is a compact, unmanned, single-engine, VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft. Internal lift rotors enable the Cormorant to fly inside obstructed (e.g. mountainous, wooded, urban) terrain where helicopters are unable to operate. The Cormorant is innovative due to its internal rotors and significant payload capacity that allows for the evacuation of 2 casualties as well as fast and flexible payload reconfiguration for other missions. It is also ideally suited to special robotic operation, for example via Tele-Presence.

Tactical Robotics Ltd. (“TRL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics Ltd. Urban Aeronautics Ltd. was founded and is headed by Dr. Rafi Yoeli.

Stage of Development

Preliminary Design

Prototype Build

Flight Testing


Commercially Operating
Technical Details

Company Name: Tactical Robotics Ltd. (“TRL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics Ltd. Urban Aeronautics Ltd. was founded and is headed by Dr. Rafi Yoeli.

Headquarters: Yavne, Israel

Tactical Robotics CEO: Dr. Rafi Yoeli

Urban Aeronautics Ltd. CEO: Dr. Rafi Yoeli

Product NameCormorant

Type of Machine: Unmanned, single-enginer VTOL aircraft

Power:  Single Turbomeca Arriel 2N Turboshaft • (985 SHP Uninstalled T.O. Power @ S.L. ISA)

Capacity:  Up to 500 kilos of cargo or equipment in both commercial and emergency response scenarios or two adult humans laying down.

Altitude: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)

Range (no reserves):  ~660 km w/ no payload, 250 km w/ 500 kg payload no

Speed: 180 Km/hr

Regulation: FAA certification has been a prime consideration in every aspect of Cormorant. Cormorant is being designed in compliance with the FAA's FAR Part 27 and Part 29 (depending on weight) certification standards. They also comply with the special 'Powered Lift’ certification standard that was developed for Tilt-Rotor aircraft

Funding: Backed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), current funding amount is unconfirmed.

Our Take on Cormorant

Currently, the main application for the Cormorant remains as its original design: an unmanned MEDEVAC and CASEVAC capable vehicle.It will be used in search and rescue operations where it would be too dangerous or inaccessible for a helicopter, such as evacuating people from the upper stories of burning buildings, or delivering and extracting police and soldiers while very close to structures, narrow streets, and or through holes into confined spaces. Due to this fact, the design of the Cormorant currently is unaccommodating for applications in the urban aerial rideshare sector (the space inside available can only accommodate two adults lying down side by side. However, Tactical Robotics says it might be interested in "the sort of flying car scheme Uber is trying to get off the ground with its Elevate program."