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.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.
5.0 ft (1.53 m)
4.8 ft (1.45 m)
1.1 ft (0.35 m)
7 lb (3 kg)
7 lb (3 kg)
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(Showcased structural values pertain to the EMT Aladin (Abbildende Luftgestutzte AufklarungsDrohne Im Nachstbereich) production variant)
1 x Electric Motor generating 12 volts driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
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