The Aeronautics Dominator XP is a strategic-grade, medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) originating in Israel. The UAV is designed to meet the challenges of the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role and can be equipped with different payloads to perform a variety of related mission sets.
Its long range provides good battlefield coverage, and its capabilities include electronic intelligence (ELINT), communications intelligence (COMINT), and search and rescue (SAR) for military and civilian (security) markets.
The Dominator XP is built on the framework of the Diamond DA-42 Twin-Star commercial passenger aircraft and retains all the great features, including triple redundancy and de-icing for all vital avionics.
UAVs take the form of conventional aircraft, including the fuselage and associated surface aircraft. The typical cockpit area is covered, while the chin camera/sensor blister is mounted on the nose area. The wing main aircraft is located near the center of the boat and has an overall straight line with upturned winglet-style tips for better control and fuel efficiency.
The rear wing is laid out in a Mulhopp-T-type plan with a horizontal surface that contains the downward-pointing tip. Two conventional engines power the aircraft, and each unit is housed in a streamlined nacelle that connects to the leading edge of major aircraft elements. The engine turns the three-bladed propeller.
The tricycle chassis is used for ground operation.
The Dominator is a multi-mission platform, and its 800-pound multi-payload capability reflects this tactical and strategic flexibility. Payload options include electro-optical (EO) sensors, infrared (IR) sensor mating, hyperspectral sensors, laser designators, ground-based radar search and track support, communication relays, and more.
Naval radars can be used to find and track targets in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) / anti-ship (AS) roles, while also serving as a useful tool for the most important SAR role.
The data link is both line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight and satellite-based. Autonomous takeoff and landing are also possible, as is waypoint programming. Navigation is handled by the GPS/INS unit. Flight and mission simulators are integrated into the design.
The Ground Control Station (GCS) is used to operate the aircraft in real time and as a failover for the autonomous part of the design.
Overall, the Dominator XP has an MTOW of 1,910kg and can reach speeds of 150 knots while in the air for up to 20 hours. LOS data connections have a range of up to 300 km, while SATCOM offers unlimited range.
Structurally, the aircraft is 8.6 meters long, with a wingspan of 13.5 meters and a height of 2.5 meters.
- Close Air Support (CAS)
- Airborne Early Warning (AEW)
- Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
- Electronic Warfare (EW)
- Search and Rescue (SAR)
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
28.22 ft (8.6 m)
8.20 ft (2.5 m)
172 mph (277 km/h; 150 knots)
18,045 ft (5,500 m; 3.42 mi)
3,418 miles (5,500 km; 2,970 nautical miles)
Dominator II - Developed since 2009; 28 hour endurance, 899 lb payload capacity; 190 knot speed; 30,000 ft operating altitude.
Dominator XP - Name of the base series.