The Intra Samoom is a new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) originating from the oil-rich nation of Saudi Arabia. The air vehicle is a new entry into a very crowded field with a design focus on "Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance" (MALE) to fulfill a variety of over-battlefield roles. Powered by a pair of nacelle engines slung under each wing (used to drive three-laded propeller units in "puller" fashion), the aircraft is poised to interest budget-conscious customers around the world typically cut-off from the more expensive UAV/UCAV solutions offered by the West.
A scale model of the Samoom UAV was on display at World Defense Show in Riyadh in March 2022. Developed primarily for the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role, the vehicle on display was presented with underwing hardpoints, indicating an in-built attack functionality. There are at least three hardpoints to each wing and a centerline position under the fuselage.
As showcased, the fuselage is streamlined, elegantly contoured from nose-to-tail with the forward section enlarged to house avionics. The mainplanes are shoulder-mounted, straight, and affixed to the fuselage at midships. The tail unit is conventional, showcasing a single vertical fin with low-set horizontal planes. The undercarriage is wheeled though fixed in flight. Main legs positioned under center mass and a nose leg under the front of the fuselage. The sensor/optics fit is held in a traversing "chin" blister under the nose of the aircraft, giving 360-degree views of the battlefield below.
By all accounts, this UAV is of highly-conventional design arrangement and function, comparable to the current-generation systems offered in the West and elsewhere.
March 2022 - A scale model of the Samoom UCAV was unveiled at World Defense Show (Riyadh).
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
✓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.
✓Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Serving Special Forces / Special Operations elements and missions.
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.
Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
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.
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.
monoplane / shoulder-mounted / straight
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper section of the fuselage, generally at the imaginary line intersecting the pilot's shoulders.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the Intra Samoom production variant)
2 x Conventional underslung nacelled engines driving three-bladed propeller units each.
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