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Aeronautics Defense Dominator XP


Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) (2012)


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The Aeronautics Dominator XP is of Israeli origin and combines the Diamond DA-42 twin with advanced systems and processing sensors - all without a pilot in the physical cockpit.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 01/17/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Aeronautics Dominator XP is a strategic-level, Israeli-originated Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The drone is designed to meet the challenges of the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role and can be equipped with a varying payload to undertake a variety of related mission sets. Its long range provides good battlefield coverage and its capabilities include ELectronic INTelligence (ELINT), COMmunications INTelligence (COMINT), and Search and Rescue (SAR) for both military and civilian (security) marketplaces.

The Dominator XP is built upon the frame of the Diamond DA-42 Twin-Star commercial passenger hauler and retains all of its excellent capabilities including triple redundancy of all vital avionics systems and a de-icing measure.

The drone takes on a conventional aircraft shape encompassing a fuselage and its connected surface planes. The typical cockpit area is covered over while the nose section mounts a chin camera/sensor blister. The wing mainplanes are seated near midships and are straight in their general lines with upturned winglet style tips for better control and fuel efficiency. The tail unit incorporated a Multhopp T-style plane arrangement with a single horizontal surface and this plane contains down-turned tips. Two conventional engines power the aircraft and each unit is shrouded by a streamlined nacelle fitted to the leading edge of the mainplane members. The engines turn three-bladed propellers. A tricycle undercarriage is utilized for ground-running.

The Dominator is a multi-mission platform and its 373 kilogram multi-payload capability reflects this tactical and strategic flexibility. Payload options include Electro-Optical (EO) sensors, InfraRed (IR) sensor fits, hyper-spectral sensors, laser designators, over-water radar search-and-track support, communications relays and the like. The maritime radar is useful in searching and tracking targets for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) / Anti-Ship (AS) roles and doubles as a useful tool in the all-importnat SAR role.

The datalink is both Line-of-Sight/Beyond-Line-of-Sight while being satellite-assisted. Autonomous take-offs and landings are possible as is waypoint programming. Navigation is handled by a GPS/INS arrangement. A flight and mission simulator are built into the design. A Ground Control Station (GCS) is used to operate the aircraft in real-time and as a fail-safe to the autonomous sections of the design.

All told, the Dominator XP fields an MTOW of 1,910 kilograms and can reach a speed of 150 knots while remaining airborne for up to 20 hours. The LOS datalink is ranged out to 300 kilometers while SATCOM provides an unlimited reach. Structurally, the aircraft has a length of 8.6 meters, a wingspan of 13.5 meters, and a height of 2.5 meters.

Specifications



Service Year
2012

Origin
Israel national flag graphic
Israel

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
1
UNITS


Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd - Israel
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: Airborne Early Warning (AEW)
Specially-equipped platform providing over-battlefield Command and Control (C2) capability for allied aerial elements.
Special-Mission: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy underwater elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and weapons.
Special-Mission: Anti-Ship
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy surface elements through visual acquisition, radar support, and onboard weaponry.
Special-Mission: Electronic Warfare (EW)
Equipped to actively deny adversaries the ElectroMagnetic (EM) spectrum and protect said spectrum for allied forces.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Maritime / Navy
Land-based or shipborne capability for operating over-water in various maritime-related roles while supported by allied naval surface elements.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


Length
28.2 ft
(8.60 m)
Width/Span
44.3 ft
(13.50 m)
Height
8.2 ft
(2.50 m)
Empty Wgt
2,756 lb
(1,250 kg)
MTOW
4,211 lb
(1,910 kg)
Wgt Diff
+1,455 lb
(+660 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Aeronautics Defense Dominator XP production variant)
Installed: 2 x Austro turbocharged diesel engines developing 168 horsepower each and driving three-bladed propeller units.
Max Speed
172 mph
(277 kph | 150 kts)
Ceiling
18,045 ft
(5,500 m | 3 mi)
Range
3,418 mi
(5,500 km | 10,186 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,280 ft/min
(390 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Aeronautics Defense Dominator XP production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


Dominator II - Development of 2009; 28 hour endurance with 899lb payload capability; 190 knot speeds; 30,000 foot operating altitude.
Dominator XP - Base Series Name.


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Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
Overall Rating
The overall rating takes into account over 60 individual factors related to this aircraft entry.
28
Rating is out of a possible 100 points.
Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (172mph).

Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Aeronautics Defense Dominator XP operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
Max Altitude Visualization
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Design Balance
The 3 qualities we look at for a balanced aircraft design are altitude, speed, and range.
Aviation Era Span
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Unit Production (1)
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44000
This entry's total production compared against the most-produced military and civilian aircraft types in history (Ilyushin IL-2 and Cessna 172, respectively).
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