The Trojan is a new-class, long-range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) developed by Aeronautics Group of Israel. It combines the qualities of a low-noise, eco-friendly all-electric drive system with Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) - as well as forward-flight - capabilities in an "all-in-one" solution. This gives the Trojan unprecedented agility in the air and a "go anywhere, do anything" ability typically not seen in modern, tactical-level drone systems.
Described as an "unmanned hover plane", this unique unmanned aircraft was revealed on June 6th, 2022 and has been featured at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris, France.
To achieve this aerial agility, the Trojan makes use of no fewer than four paired, twin-bladed lift propellers coupled with a single propeller arranged in a "pusher" configuration, the latter positioned at the rear of the frame. The lift rotors are set along boom extensions emanating from the lower sides of the frame. Coupled with its all-battery, electrically-driven powerpack, the aircraft can fly out to a range of 95 miles even when carrying a mission payload of 26lb. Its total mission endurance window is about 2.5 hours. Range is enhanced by the solar panels seated within the wings, generating addition power to the unit.
The drone has a conventional design arrangement as quadcopters go: it sees a centralized fuselage / frame housing all pertinent operating, avionics, and mission systems. The optics set is a trainable turret at the chin position of the aircraft with mainplanes (of 14-foot span) seated high along the sides of the frame. Landing / ground-running is managed through a simple, low-cost four-legged assembly. The lift propeller boom extensions sit under the mainplane line and above the legs.
The aircraft is communicated with through Aeronautics own Ground Control Station (GCS) by the operator through radio link or SATellite COMmunications (SATCOMs). The GCS has the ability to network up to four Trojan air systems at once.
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓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).
✓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.
VERTICAL TAKE-OFF / LANDING (VTOL)
Series has a tactical capability to take-off and / or land vertically, a quality commonly associated with helicopters.
Design incorporates rear-facing pusher-prop arrangement, a contrast to the more conventional puller-prop layout.
Design utilizes an all-electric powerplant for drive power.
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
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.
13.8 ft (4.20 m)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Aeronautics Group Trojan production variant)
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 base Aeronautics Group Trojan production variant)
1 x All-electric drive (battery, solar) driving 4 x Paired, twin-bladed lift propellers and 1 x Twin-bladed propeller in pusher arrangement at rear of frame.
93 mi (150 km | 278 nm)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Aeronautics Group Trojan production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Mission-equipment related to ISR role.
(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Trojan - Base Series Name.
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