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Steadicopter Black Eagle 50


Unmanned Rotary-Wing UAV (RUAV) [ 2020 ]



The Israeli-originated Steadicopter Black Eagle 50 unmanned system is a capable design incorporating all the benefits of a traditional helicopter.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 06/22/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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In today's world of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), the military, industry, and civilian market customer all have a breadth of options to consider. The evolution of unmanned flight designs has also broadened choices in the realm of the RUAV ("Rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle") - vehicles given the qualities and capabilities of a helicopter (rotorcraft). In the category, Steadicopter of Israel offers its highly-capable "Black Eagle 50" series RUAV for those discerning buyers requiring a day/night, maritime/over-land, multi-role/multi-purpose solution.

The Black Eagle 50 is actively marketed by the company for military, security, and civilian applications to cover the specific requirements of maritime (over-water) service, humanitarian assistance, Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, Oil and Gas industry (oil rig) support, and Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) sorties. It can also be outfitted for target acquisition missions in support of ground and aerial forces in the military sense.

Externally, the vehicle mimics design lines seen in other RUAVs currently available: the bulk of the design's weight is held forward, housing all pertinent engine, fuel, avionics, and mission-specific systems. Overhead, seated on a shallow mast, is the main rotor sporting a two-bladed unit design. Intersecting counter-balance arms are noted. Under the fuselage sits a simple, robust four-point landing skid which helps to reduce costs and operating complexity of the machine. The fuselage features a fixed, tapering stem emanating aft, shrouding the drive shaft of the tail rotor, and capped by a vertical and horizontal rudder fin. The tail rotor, a three-bladed unit, is set facing starboard to act as the anti-torque element in the design. A traversing blister is in the "chin" position housing powerful optics (Dual Sensor InfraRed / Electro-Optical (IR/EO) fit).

The Black Eagle 50's development as a rotorcraft gives it unparalleled capabilities as it is able to reach areas where fixed-wing UAVs dare not go. This includes rugged mountainous regions where vertical flight is essentially a requirement. The vehicle possesses all of the qualities of a traditional / conventional helicopter without the need to expose pilots and crews to unnecessary dangers. This ability means the system can be used across a deeper mission set all the while keeping its operators safe from harm. An inherent hovering ability also means the aircraft can support friendlies already on the ground, those unfortunate enough to find themselves in an inaccessible location to aircraft altogether.

The Black Eagle 50H is a hybrid-powered, environmentally-conscious model featuring all of the base qualities of the 50-model unit. It can be used in day-night environments, features a hovering capability regardless of payload weight, and is both relatively lightweight and compact. It mates the best qualities of Steadicopter's electric drive with a gasoline-fueled powerplant - allowing the operator to switch between each unit as needed. This entry bridges the gap in payload and range capabilities of the Black Eagle 50 and the Black Eagle 50E series. The H-model will be on full display at the Singapore Airshow in February 2022.

Dimensions of the vehicle include a length of 10 feet (3.1 m) and a main rotor diameter measuring 9.19 feet (2.8 m). Take-off weight is rated at 110lb (50 kg) and the payload capacity reaches 26.45lb (12 kg). The system can fly out to a range of 93.2 miles (150 km) at speeds of 80 mph (70 knots -cruising generally at 52 mph / 45 knots) with an endurance window of 3.5 hours. Hover time is an impressive 5 hours. It can operate in temperatures as low as -20c and as high as 50c. Its maximum service ceiling is 16,500 feet (5,030 meters).

The compact Black Eagle 25E and larger/heavier 50E are related models of electric propulsion and based in the Model 50 series.

The company also offers a conversion kit allowing manned helicopters to be transitioned to RUAVs. The lack of a human pilot now allows these same airframes to install additional fuel stores for improved operating ranges or mission-specific equipment beyond standard fittings.

February 2022 - The Steadicopter Black Eagle 50H hyrid-powered helicopter was debuted at Singapore Airshow 2022.

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Specifications



Service Year
2020

Origin
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Israel

Status
ACTIVE
In Limited Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
50
UNITS


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(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.
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.
MIXED-POWERPLANT
Utilizes two or more types of propulsion systems to achieve desired performance / flight actions.
ALL-ELECTRIC
Design utilizes an all-electric powerplant for drive power.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
INTERNAL BAY
Fuselage volume includes space for internally-held weapons or special-mission equipment.
HIGH-ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
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.


Length
8.3 ft
(2.54 m)
Width/Span
7.1 ft
(2.16 m)
MTOW
110 lb
(50 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Steadicopter Black Eagle 50 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Conventional engine driving two-bladed main rotor and three-bladed tail rotor (facing starboard).
Max Speed
78 mph
(126 kph | 68 kts)
Cruise Speed
50 mph
(81 kph | 44 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+28 mph
(+45 kph | 24 kts)
Ceiling
164,042 ft
(50,000 m | 31 mi)
Range
93 mi
(150 km | 278 nm)


♦ 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 Steadicopter Black Eagle 50 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Mission equipment fitted for ISR, SAR, Oil and Gas industry support, and other roles.


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