Steadicopter press release
Steadicopter – a leader in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry – announces another win in a significant tender, this time for the Israeli Navy, for its Black Eagle Electric systems. The Black Eagle Electric family is the first family of unmanned helicopters that are powered by an electric motor, are capable of carrying several payloads and sensors, and can be adapted to diverse applications, including complex maritime missions. Just recently, the company announced the signing of a contract to supply the systems to another Naval customer.
The Black Eagle 50 Electric helicopter has a maximum take-off weight of 50 kg, a useful load weight of 30 kg – including payload and batteries, and a flight time of two hours. These capabilities enable high performance as well as maximum operational flexibility for military applications such as intelligence, coastal security, search & rescue, and advanced maritime missions.
The electrically-powered engine significantly reduces the weight of the platform, thereby enabling the installation of additional payloads that are required for a variety of missions. Weighing just 20kg as a platform, the helicopter can carry additional batteries for longer flights, heavier mission payloads, and more. As such, the system enables the widest variety of missions, including covert operations.
The dual-electric propulsion helicopter is economical, simple to operate, easy to maintain, and needs no fuel storage, making it environmentally friendly and safe. It is based on the proven capabilities of the gasoline-powered Black Eagle, including vertical take-off and land, long hover durations, and advanced mission sensors for any mission scenario, whether day or night. In addition, like other Steadicopter platforms, it is adapted to high-altitude flights.
“In the past year, we have expanded the Black Eagle family with the addition of a hybrid and electric system of up to 50kg. We are proud that just one year after the launch, we have already announced the winning of several significant contracts, for both systems, the latest of which is for the Israeli Navy – considered one of the most advanced forces in the world. There is a growing global need for unmanned systems with vertical landing and takeoff capabilities. The Black Eagle family meets this need with a unique low-weight technology, which enables it to carry several payloads, for flexibility and mission success. We expect that the company will be reporting further deals in the near future.”
Noam Lidor, VP Sales, Marketing & Business Development at Steadicopter.
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About Black Eagle 50 RUAS
The Black Eagle 50E is the newest model of the Black Eagle RUAV family of products operated with electric motors, and designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian, and covert missions. Based on the company’s Black Eagle 50 platform, the new system now enables high performance and operational flexibility for other security forces, as well as many civilian applications.
Converting Steadicopter’s Black Eagle 50 system to an electric-powered engine has significantly reduced the weight of the air vehicle, enabling additional, much required, payload capacity for a variety of missions. Weighing only 18 kg as a platform, each model has the capacity to carry additional batteries for longer flights, heavier payloads, and more.
The Black Eagle 50E, weighing up to 35 kg, enables the best-in-class flight envelope with a wide range of mission payloads, giving the user the highest level of mission versatility for covert operations.
From a wide variety of OPVs to the busiest offshore platforms, the Black Eagle family of products offers a comprehensive solution for highly-demanding maritime applications, such as Infrastructure Security, Exclusive Economic Zone Enforcement, Anti-Piracy & Unauthorized Fishing, Search & Rescue, Offshore Cargo Supply and more.
- Endurance – Hover: Up to 50 minutes
- Endurance – Flight: Up to 1:50 hours
- Payload: Up to 12 kg