Emphasis on Flexibility, Simple to Operate and Cost Efficiency
Steadicopter will highlight both the Black Eagle 50H and the Golden Eagle UAS during Eurosatory 2022. Following an initial order, the company will supply the former – launched just a few months ago – to a naval customer in the current calendar year, for advanced maritime operations.
Designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian and covert missions, the Black Eagle 50H is the first ever hybrid-powered unmanned helicopter. With a maximum takeoff weight of 50kg, the system can carry multiple large payloads, and is capable of up to five hours of flight time. This enables maximum operational flexibility for a variety of applications, including search and rescue, cyber security, ISR, offshore rigs surveillance and high-end naval missions.
Featuring a hybrid engine and propulsion system, the UAS combines the best of the electric 50E and the gas-powered 50 variants in a platform that is extremely cost effective, simple to operate, easy to maintain, environmentally friendly, and safe. It has all the proven capabilities of the highly energy-efficient gasoline-powered Black Eagle 50, including VTOL, long hover duration, and leading mission sensor suites for all mission scenarios, by day and night. In addition, like the Black Eagle 50E, it offers excellent reliability and is extremely adaptive to high-altitude flights, thanks to the electric propulsion component, which is less affected by ambient air pressure. For enhanced mission versatility, the hybrid platform also enables operators to select power by generator while en route, switching to quieter direct battery power during the mission itself, enabling maximum covert behaviour.
Steadicopter will also present the recently-launched Golden Eagle – the first-ever unmanned helicopter with precision hit capabilities. Based on the combat-proven Black Eagle 50E, the Golden Eagle incorporates AI-based technology and Smart Shooter’s SMASH Dragon system.
Through advanced data processing, the AI system autonomously identifies and distinguishes between different types of stationary or moving targets which may or may not have previously been present in the field. This enables superior situational awareness and autonomous multi-target classification and tracking.
The SMASH Dragon system – a remotely-operated robotic weaponry payload – integrates a unique stabilisation concept with proprietary target acquisition, tracking algorithms and sophisticated computer vision capabilities. When mounted onto the Golden Eagle, SMASH Dragon locks on to a static or moving target, tracks it and ensures a precise target hit. The system can employ various types of assault rifles, sniper rifles, 40mm grenade launchers and other munitions with great precision. Lightweight – enabling long mission endurance – extremely cost-effective, simple to operate, and easy to maintain, the Golden Eagle has full VTOL capability.
“We launched these two new systems, with unique technological capabilities, within a few months of each other and will be displaying them both for the first time at this international exhibition,” says Noam Lidor, VP Sales, Marketing & Business Development. “We are proud that so soon after its launch, we have already secured a contract for the Black Eagle 50H system, indicating the trust our customers place in the company’s solutions.”