Modern Serbia retained an established military industry following the breakup of Yugoslavia. Developments went on to represent a myriad of home-grown products including Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), and various small arms. In keeping up with modern battlefield requirements, its industry has also forged ahead with the design and development of an indigenous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that became known as the "Pegaz 011". The air vehicle is in the same class as the Israeli "Scout" series, the British Thales "Watchkeeper", and the French SAGEM "Sparrowhawk" - all detailed elsewhere on this site.
The Pegaz has been designed for tactical Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) in mind. The system provides medium-range qualities and a reliance on autonomy to meet its mission objectives. It can take off (n its own) from prepared airstrips or be launched via catapult while piloting itself through preset waypoints. It also features an automatic landing capability and can be recovered via deploying a parachute. The external design of the Pegaz features a twin-boom configuration with a central fuselage nacelle housing engine, fuel, and mission equipment. Its wings are straight appendages and its undercarriage, while wheeled, is fixed in place. Power is from a 2-cylinder engine delivering 43 horsepower to a two-bladed propeller system arranged at the rear of the fuselage nacelle. Twin vertical tail fins complete its design appearance.
Dimensions include a length of 17.7 feet, a wingspan of 20.8 feet, and a height of 5.8 feet. Empty weight is listed at 265 pounds with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) nearing 510 pounds. Performance specifications include a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour, a cruising speed of 90+ miles per hour, a range out to 62 miles (endurance window of about 12 hours), and an operating service ceiling of 3,000 meters.
As it stands, the Pegaz is in development through the Military Technical Institute of Serbia with work having been ongoing since 2010. A first flight was recorded in October of 2011.