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EDGE QX-6


Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS) Transport [ 2025 ]



The EDGE QX-6 was debuted at Dubai Air Show 2021 and is an intriguing cargo-minded Unmanned Helicopter System.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 11/15/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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EDGE Group based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) looks to get its piece of the pie in the potentially-lucrative industry of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). Founded in the latter part of 2019, the growing company has since revealed promising plans that run the gamut of unmanned air vehicle types. One of the more recent unveilings (this at the Dubai Air Show 2021), was the "QX-6", a rotary-wing (helicopter) UAS designed for the cargo delivery role.

The design sits on a simple four-point landing skid and utilizes multiple three-bladed rotor units for primary lift and general cruising. The fuselage sports slab sides and encloses all pertinent operating systems as well as an internal cargo bay. The complete system weighs 1,100lb (500 kg) and is powered through no fewer than four conventionally-driven piston-based engine units. The QX-6 has a useful rated payload capacity of 330lb (150 kg) and can fly for periods of up to four hours without interference. Beyond the cargo bay, the helicopter system will be able to sling loads under its fuselage to support larger loads.

The QX-6 is marketed to both military and civilian circles where, in the latter, the type can be used in humanitarian operations as well as serve the Oil and Gas (OaG) industry by moving supplies to offshore rigs and lower cost than manned helicopter types. The military role is quite clear where the QX-6 could be used to resupply forward-operating units within harm's reach - without risking pilots and providing for a smaller target against ground-based fire.©MilitaryFactory.com
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November 2021 - The QX-6 was debuted by EDGE Group at Dubai Airshow 2021.

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Specifications



Service Year
2025

Origin
United Arab Emirates national flag graphic
United Arab Emirates

Status
IN-DEVELOPMENT
Program in Progress.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
1
UNITS


National flag of the United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates (possible)
(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: MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC)
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
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).
Transport
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


VERTICAL TAKE-OFF / LANDING (VTOL)
Series has a tactical capability to take-off and / or land vertically, a quality commonly associated with helicopters.
RADAR-CAPABLE
Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
MULTI-ENGINE
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
INTERNAL BAY
Fuselage volume includes space for internally-held weapons or special-mission equipment.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
ENHANCED ACCESS
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.
UNMANNED OPERATION
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
AUTONOMOUS OPERATION
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.


Empty Wgt
1,102 lb
(500 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base EDGE QX-6 production variant)
Installed: 4 x Conventionally-powered piston engines driving three-bladed rotor units.
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base EDGE QX-6 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


Supported Types




(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
QX-6 - Base Series Designation.


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