The Flying Elephants is another project which received a boost after the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, where Israeli troops found themselves only a few miles inside enemy territory but short on supplies. Aerial resupply was scarce and imprecise due to fear of enemy ground fire shooting down slow cargo planes and the lack of precise dropping methods.
The Flying Elephant project is currently in early stages of development and an early prototype should be ready in about two years. The Israeli military is also looking at a smaller unmanned unit currently under development by a different company called urbanaero. The company has been working for the past several years on its version of a “flying car” called AirMule which completed its first phase of flight testing in January 2010. The AirMule can take about 500kg (or 1100lbs) to a distance of 50km (31 miles) and it takes off and lad vertically just like an helicopter but without the big external rotor.