In today's Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) world, customers in the military, industrial and civilian markets have several options to consider. The development of unmanned flight designs has also expanded options in the field of RUAVs (rotor-wing unmanned aerial vehicles)aircraft with helicopter (rotor-aircraft) qualities and capabilities.
In this category, Israel Steadicopter offers its high-performance Black Eagle 50 Series RUAV for discerning buyers in need of day/night, marine/land, multi-purpose/multi-purpose solutions.
Black Eagle 50 is aggressively marketed by the company for military, security and civilian applications to meet maritime services (marine), humanitarian assistance, search and rescue (SAR) operations, and oil and gas industry (oil rig) support and intelligence-surveillance - Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. It can also be equipped for target acquisition missions to support ground and air forces in the military sense.
Externally, the vehicle mimics the design lines found in other currently available RUAVs: the bulk of the design's weight remains forward, housing all associated engines, fuel, avionics, and mission-specific systems. A two-blade main rotor sits on top of a flat mast. Note the intersecting weight arms. Underneath the fuselage is a simple, sturdy four-point landing skid that helps reduce machine cost and operator workload. The fuselage has a fixed tapered shank that protrudes from the tail, surrounds the tail rotor drive shaft, and is terminated by vertical and horizontal rudder fins.
The tail rotor is a three-blade unit, facing to starboard, as an anti-torque element in the design. A continuous blister is mounted in the "chin" position and provides powerful optics (dual sensor infrared/electro-optic (IR/EO)).
The development of the Black Hawk 50 as a rotorcraft gives it an unparalleled ability to reach areas that fixed-wing drones dare not go. This includes rugged mountainous areas that basically require vertical flight. The vehicle has all the qualities of a conventional/traditional helicopter without exposing the pilot and crew to unnecessary danger. This capability means the system can be deployed in deeper mission sets while protecting its operators from damage.
The inherent hover capability also means that the aircraft can already support friendly forces on the ground, unfortunately finding themselves in positions that are completely inaccessible to the aircraft.
The Black Eagle 50H is an eco-conscious hybrid with all the essential qualities of the 50 model. It can operate in day and night environments, has hover capabilities regardless of payload weight, and is relatively light and compact.
It combines the best qualities of Steadicopter electric propulsion with a gasoline-powered engine, allowing the operator to switch between units as needed. This entry bridges the payload and range gap between the Black Eagle 50 and Black Eagle 50E series.
The H-Type will be on full display at the Singapore Airshow in February 2022.
Aircraft dimensions include 10 feet (3.1 m) in length and 9.19 feet (2.8 m) in main rotor diameter. Takeoff weight is 50 kg (110 lb) and payload is 12 kg (26.45 lb).
The system can fly 150 kilometers (93.2 miles) at 70 knots (80 mph) typically at 45 knots (52 mph), and has an endurance of 3.5 hours. Hover time is an impressive 5 hours. It can operate in temperatures as low as -20C and as high as 50C.
The maximum service ceiling is 5,030 meters (16,500 feet).
The compact Black Eagle 25E and the larger/heavier 50E are the related electric drive models, based on the 50 series.
The company also offers a conversion kit for converting a manned helicopter to a RUAV. Now, due to the lack of human pilots, the same airframe can be fitted with additional fuel depots for increased range or mission-specific equipment beyond the standard.
Years in Service
Steadicopter - Israel
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scouts
Monitor ground targets/target areas to assess surrounding threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Aircraft designed (or later developed) have inherent unmanned capabilities and can fill a variety of battlefield roles.
Vertical Takeoff/Landing (VTOL)
series has the tactical capability of vertical take-off and/or landing, a characteristic usually associated with helicopters.
Houses may house (via specialized variants) radars for searching, tracking, and attacking enemy elements.
Use two or more types of propulsion systems to achieve desired performance/flying maneuvers.
The design uses an all-electric powerplant for propulsion.
Sturdy aircraft frame
The inherent ability of the airframe to take significant damage.
Hull volume includes space for internal weapons or special mission equipment.
The ability to fly and operate at higher altitudes than the average aircraft of the day.
Extended range performance
Ability to travel long distances using on-board fuel supplies.
Able to operate over the ocean and survive certain harsh marine environments.
The design includes features to facilitate loading/unloading of cargo/people from the aircraft.
The design features the ability to fly without a pilot, with actions controlled by onboard programming and/or ground operators.
The design features autonomous flight operations through artificial intelligence or onboard pre-programming.
Payload supports photographic devices that provide still and/or live image/video results.
8. 3 feet
7. 1 ft
1 x conventional engine, driving a two-blade main rotor and a three-blade tail rotor (facing to starboard).
(126 km/h | 68 kn)
(81 km/h | 44 knots)
Maximum speed difference
(+45 km/h | 24 knots)
(50,000 meters | 31 kilometers)
(150 km | 278 nautical miles)
Range (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: > 19030
None. Mission equipment for ISR, SAR, oil and gas industry support and other roles.