>> The game changer that could herald a new era of aviation. No small claim, but after over a decade in development, this pilotless aircraft can go where most planes and helicopters will never be able to. I'm Reuters reporter Elena Ringler in Yavne, Israel. This Cormorant behind me may resemble a helicopter, but it has no rotor and it's completely autonomous.
Its developers say it's the future of transportation. In the future they hope to be able to transport troops and supplies. And possibly even rescue wounded from environments that were previously inaccessible due to helicopter's exposed rotor blades. The vertical takeoff UAV is a third of the size of a traditional helicopter but carries a similar payload.
Its internal rotors eliminating the risk of blade strike, allowing the Cormorant to fly in between buildings and below power lines. Israel's Urban Aeronautics says in the future, it could become part of the work force.>> Up until now, there's a whole area of air space that even helicopters couldn't go, because of this enormous rotor and the hazards of it.
And suddenly you have a family of aircraft really based on this technology that can fly in places that nothing has ever been able to fly.>> Just imagine a dirty bomb in a city and chemical substance or something else. And this vehicle can come in robotically, remotely piloted, come into the street and decontaminate an area.
>> With a few more Federal Aviation Administration standards to meet, the aircraft hasn't quite reached the finish line. When it does, its makers want to sell it to militaries from 2020, with a price tag of $14 million.