Steadicopter displays capabilities of lightweight robotic helicopter at IDEX 2021

According to the company, its Black Eagle systems, currently on display at the defense exhibition in the UAE, are suitable for military, homeland security and law enforcement missions

The Black Eagle 50. Photo: Steadicopter

Steadicopter, an Israeli company focusing on the field of rotary unmanned aerial systems, is presenting at the IDEX 2021 exhibition, currently taking place in Abu Dhabi, the capabilities of its lightweight robotic helicopter that the company says enable the system to meet various challenges faced by militaries as well as homeland security and law enforcement agencies. 

According to the company, it has recently signed a number of cooperation agreements with Israeli companies, including Simplex, a developer of drone control technology, enabling operations of multiple drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The integration of the FlightOps.io drone operating system by Simplex-C2 with Steadicopter's Black Eagle will enhance the platform's autonomous operational capabilities, the company said. 

The FlightOps operating system is installed on the Black Eagle, upgrading its autonomous capabilities and turning it into a smart, mission aware robot that can operate in shared airspace, making smart autonomous decisions in real time and significantly increasing mission capabilities, efficiency and safety of flight. This unique integration also allows the operation of multiple UAS in cooperation with other types of systems, sensors and unmanned aircraft performing collaborative complex missions. The FlightOps web-based ground control application provides an easy yet powerful multi-mission and multi-UAS control using a single operator, according to Steadicopter.

"Recently, we launched the Black Eagle 50E and Black Eagle 25E, featuring electric propulsion, adapted for naval and ground forces missions," said Noam Lidor, Sales & Marketing Director at Steadicopter. "We identified an immediate need for an unmanned platform that would provide mission flexibility. The Black Eagle family now has open architecture that enables much-needed integration, in accordance with user requirements."

"In order to provide a comprehensive solution to our customers around the world, as well as addressing the specific needs in this region, we have carried out extensive collaborations, with the result that the Black Eagle can already carry out a wide range of missions, including the use of the most advanced payloads." Lidor added, "Other collaboration we are proud of are with Downwind – a leading provider of UAS services and critical support for both government and civilian applications; and Simlat – the industry leader in simulation for UAS." 

The Black Eagle Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (RUAV) is a robotic observation system for civil, military, and homeland security missions. 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 and unauthorized fishing, search & rescue, offshore cargo supply and more. All Black Eagle systems are certified for use in the harshest maritime operating scenarios, the company says. 

Steadicopter says the Black Eagle 25E, designed for weights of up to 25 kg, is suitable for tactical-urban missions, while meeting the strictest weight and category regulations. 

The Black Eagle 50E, which has an electricity-powered engine, is extremely lightweight, enabling additional payload capacity and giving the user the highest level of mission versatility for covert operations. Weighing only 18 kg as a platform, each model has the capacity to carry additional batteries for longer flights and heavier payloads, among others, according to Steadicopter.