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EMT ALADIN - Germany, 2005

Detailing the development and operational history of the EMT ALADIN Close-Area Imaging Reconnaissance Drone.

 Entry last updated on 7/28/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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The German EMT Aladin is a compact, transportable UAV system offering frontline troops readily-accessible aerial imaging capabilities.

The German Army makes use of the compact EMT "Aladin" lightweight, reusable reconnaissance drone. The aircraft is primarily controlled remotely by ground personnel and adds an "eye in the sky" capability once lacking for infantry-level operations. The Aladin series has already seen combat use in the skies over Afghanistan with German and Dutch forces and the product has also been installed in German Army reconnaissance vehicles to further broaden tactical capabilities for its mechanized forces.

The Aladin showcases a length of 1.5 meters, a wingspan of 1.4 meters and a height of 0.35 meters. It weighs 3.2 kilograms and is powered by a DC electric motor fueled by a lithium ion polymer battery pack. Achievable speeds reach 90 kmh and range is out to 15 kilometers. The aircraft holds a mission endurance window of about one hour maximum and can travel up to 300 meters. The Ground Control Unit (GCU) weighs 17 kilograms and is portable by infantry. Two cases make up the Aladin kit and tool-less setup can have the bird ready in five minutes or less. Up-link is through a UHF band channel and down-linking is via C-band channel.

Externally, the Aladin is arranged as a conventional aircraft with the fuselage positioned at center making up most of its mass. A slim tail stem holds a "T-style" tail unit at rear. The twin-bladed propeller unit is fitted to the nose of the drone and the optics set (video-relay day/night capable) is at the belly position. Over the fuselage is the wing mainplane.

While control is typically manual via remote, the Aladin series can also be set up to follow pre-determined GPS coordinates for a hands-off approach. Launching is by way of catapult or simply by hand and recovery is accomplished by landing the drone on relatively soft terrain.

EMT Aladin (Abbildende Luftgestutzte AufklarungsDrohne Im Nachstbereich) Specifications

Service Year: 2005
Type: Close-Area Imaging Reconnaissance Drone
National Origin: Germany
Manufacturer(s): EMT Penzberg - Germany
Total Production: 30

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 5.02 feet (1.53 meters)
Overall Width: 4.76 feet (1.45 meters)
Overall Height: 1.15 feet (0.35 meters)

Weight (Empty): 7 lb (3 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 7 lb (3 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 1 x Electric Motor generating 12 volts driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.

Maximum Speed: 43 knots (50 mph; 80 kph)
Maximum Range: 9 nautical miles (10 miles; 16 km)
Service Ceiling: 14,764 feet (4,500 meters; 2.80 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload

None. Mission equipment consists of day-night video relay cameras.

Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Germany; Netherlands

Model Variants

Aladin - Base Series Name

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