Lightweight observation drone ready for action


Israeli aerospace company Steadicopter has revealed the final configuration of its Black Eagle 50 Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris.

The Black Eagle 50 is a VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) robotic observation system designed for tactical maritime and land Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.

Noam Lidor, sales and marketing manager at Steadicopter said, “We have completed development of the Black Eagle 50 RUAV.

“Most similar platforms on the market are much larger and heavier. The Black Eagle 50 is the smallest platform in its category, easy to maintain and operate, while preserving high performance, including extended air time and the ability to carry a variety of payloads.”

The system has a steady hovering endurance of up to three hours and flight endurance of up to four hours. The Black Eagle 50 weighs 30kg, with a maximum take-off weight of 35Kg, and a payload capacity of 3Kg.

The drone has a communication range of up to 100km, depending on the client’s requirements, and a service ceiling of up to 9,000ft. It is 2.5m long with a maximum air speed is of 120km/h and cruising speed of 85km/h.

“Currently, the Black Eagle 50 is in demo mode with a number of customers around the world ahead of expected orders in the coming months,” says Noam.

Steadicopter was founded in 2005 and is developing unmanned robotics helicopters for defense and civilian applications.

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