Steadicopter has unveiled the Black Eagle 50 Electric, its newest Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (RUAV) powered by electric motors and designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, and tactical missions.
The electrically-powered unmanned helicopter has a maximum take-off weight of 50 kg and useful load weight of 30 kg, comprising payload and batteries, and is capable of up to two hours of flight time. This enables high performance and maximum operational flexibility for defense and security missions, such as search and rescue, cyber, intelligence, and high-end naval operations.
The electrically-powered engine has reduced the weight of the air vehicle, enabling additional payload capacity for a variety of missions. With an empty weight of 20 kg as a platform, the Black Eagle 50 Electric has the capacity to carry additional batteries for longer flights, heavier payloads, and more.
Powered by dual-electric propulsion, the Black Eagle 50 Electric is cost effective, simple to operate, easy to maintain and, with no need for fuel storage, both environmentally friendly and safe.
According to Steadicopter, it has all the proven capabilities of the gasoline-powered Black Eagle 50, including vertical take-off and landing capability, long hover durations, and leading mission sensor suites for all mission scenarios, whether day or night.
Additionally, like the other platforms in the Black Eagle family, it is extremely adaptive to high-altitude flights, making it deployable in many high-altitude operational scenarios.
“The Black Eagle 50 Electric has been developed in response to the need of the company’s customers worldwide for an electric VTOL aircraft, which can still be used in many varied missions, both in terms of being able to carry advanced payloads, and through extended time in the air,” said Noam Lidor, Sales & Marketing Director at Steadicopter. “This is a truly multi-domain, multi-mission and multi-sensor system, coupled with all the benefits of a covert, easy-to-maintain, highly-versatile electrically-powered system.”