The Bundeswehr uses the compact EMT Aladdin light, reusable reconnaissance drone. The aircraft is primarily operated remotely by ground crews, with the addition of an "eye in the sky" capability to infantry-level operations.
The Aladdin series has been used by the German and Dutch armies for combat operations over Afghanistan, and the product has also been installed on the German Army's reconnaissance vehicles to further enhance the tactical capabilities of its mechanized forces.
Aladdin is 1.5 meters long, with a wingspan of 1.4 meters and a height of 0.35 meters. It weighs 3.2kg and is powered by a DC motor powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The achievable speed is up to 90 km/h and the range is up to 15 km. The aircraft has a maximum mission duration window of about one hour and can fly up to 300 meters.
The Ground Control Unit (GCU) weighs 17 kg and can be carried by the infantry. The Aladin kit consists of two boxes, and the tool-free setup gets the birdie ready in five minutes or less. Uplinks are via UHF-band channels and downlinks are via C-band channels.
Externally, the Aladin has a layout similar to that of a conventional aircraft, with the fuselage in the center and taking up most of its mass. The slender tailstock features a "T-shaped" rear wing.
The two-blade propeller unit is mounted on the nose of the drone, and the optics (supporting day/night video relay) are in a prone position. Above the fuselage is the main wing aircraft.
While control is usually done manually via the remote, the Aladin series can also be set to follow predefined GPS coordinates for hands-free mode. Use the catapult or simply do the launch manually and recover by landing the drone on relatively soft terrain.
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
5.02 ft (1.53 m)
1.15 feet (0.35 m)
50 mph (80 km/h; 43 knots)
14,764 ft (4,500 m; 2.8 mi)
10 miles (16 km; 9 nmi)
No. Mission equipment includes day and night video relay cameras.
Aladin - name of the base series