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EDGE QX-5


Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS) Transport [ 2025 ]



The QX-5 was revealed by EDGE Group of the United Arab Emirates at the 2021 Dubai Airshow alongside the equally-new QX-6 design.



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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The QX-5 was one of two cargo-hauling Unmanned Helicopter Systems (UHs) unveiled by UAE-based EDGE Group at Dubai Air Show 2021 (the other being the QX-6, detailed elsewhere on this site). The aircraft is intended as a multi-market player, covering requirements typically arising in military, civilian, and industry circles including frontline resupply, humanitarian operations, and Oil and Gas industry sorties. The vehicle operates through a quad-copter arrangement, centralizes its optics at the fuselage, and sports a twin-boom design which incorporates the straight wing mainplanes for additional horizontal flight support and control.

The core system weighs 242lb (110kg) at take-off and relies on a quad-engine arrangement driven by conventional means. The air system can stay aloft for up to sixteen hours, giving it exceptional range over terrain, and operate upwards of 15,000 feet. Optics was held in a "chin" blister providing 360-degree views of the action surrounding the aircraft. The four propeller units are positioned at the extreme corners of the design, offering balance and enhanced controlling of the system in flight and when undertaking more precise movements.

At this time, the QX-5 remains a proposal and has not entered service with any one force or organization.©MilitaryFactory.com
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November 2021 - The QX-5 was debuted by EDGE Group at Dubai Air Show 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


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.


monoplane / shoulder-mounted / straight
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Shoulder-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper section of the fuselage, generally at the imaginary line intersecting the pilot's shoulders.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base EDGE QX-5 production variant)
Installed: 4 x Rotor units for VTOL and horizontal flight.
Ceiling
15,010 ft
(4,575 m | 3 mi)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base EDGE QX-5 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-5 - Base Series Designation.


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