Steadicopter has unveiled the Black Eagle 50 Electric, a new rotary unmanned aerial system (RUAS) powered by electric motors and designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian and tactical missions. The electrically-powered unmanned helicopter features a maximum take-off weight of 50 kg and useful load weight (payload and batteries) of 30 kg, and is capable of up to two hours of flight time. This enables high performance and maximum operational flexibility for both security forces and civilian applications, such as search and rescue, cyber, intelligence, offshore rigs, and high-end naval missions.
Noam Lidor, Sales & Marketing Director at Steadicopter, commented: “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. 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.”
The electrically-powered engine has significantly reduced the weight of the air vehicle, enabling additional, much required, payload capacity for a variety of missions. With an empty weight of only 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 simple to operate, easy to maintain and, with no need for fuel storage, both environmentally friendly and safe. 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.
Steadicopter Ltd. was established in 2005 as a prestige Technion entrepreneurial incubator company, concentrating on automatic helicopter flight control and model helicopters. With the Black Eagle family of products and extensive know-how in rotary UAS flight control and autopilot software Steadicopter is a world leader in rotary unmanned aerial system (RUAS) technology. Using the Steadicopter Conversion Kit, any military manned helicopter can be converted to an unmanned RUAV. Without the need for a pilot, a gas tank can be added or ammunition for increasing the helicopter’s usage in the battle field. Steadicopter is ISO-9001/2015 certified for development, manufacturing, marketing and sales. The Black Eagle 50 is CAAI (Civil Aviation Authority of Israel) certified.