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Edge REACH-S


ISR / Attack Drone


United Arab Emirates | 2023



"Edge Group of the UAE has developed the promising Reach-S to compete in the crowded MALE drone market."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 11/17/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
Edge PJSC Group of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has developed the "Reason-S", a fixed-wing reusable reconnaissance- / attack-minded drone system. The aircraft receives the "Medium Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE)" classification, placing it in the same category as the American "Reaper" and Turkish Bayraktar TB2 types. The company produces a wide variety of solutions including weapon racks, lightweight munitions, industrial parts, and even cruise missiles (the "Saber").

The Reach-S has a design form not unlike the competing TB2: the 12-meter-span mainplanes are set at midships and are straight with clipped tips. Each mainplane supports up to two hardpoints for air-launched weapons (restricted to light-class air-dropped ordnance). The nose section is broad with a smooth, curved appearance while housing avionics and seating a dorsal optics set. The tail unit is of twin-boom configuration, the stems joined at their aft ends by a pair of inward-cranked vertical planes. The conventional gasoline-fueled 110 horsepower engine is positioned at the rear of the fuselage driving a two-bladed propeller unit in pusher fashion. The undercarriage is a wheeled tricycle arrangement and fixed during flight. Overall length of the aircraft is 5.5 meters.

Take-off weight is in the vicinity of 600 kilograms with a weapons load equal to 120 kilograms. The aircraft can cruise at speeds of 80 knots up to an altitude of 22,000 feet. Communications are out to 200 kilometers and the aircraft can reportedly fly for up to 24 hours before returning home. Take-off and landing actions are automated.

To date, the system has received a sizeable order of 100 units from the UAE itself, a country long-since reliant on American, Chinese, and Turkish drone solutions until now.

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November 2023 - The UAE has placed an order for 100 units of the new, locally-made Reach-S drone aircraft.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Edge REACH-S ISR / Attack Drone.
1 x Conventional gasoline-fueled engine developing 110 horsepower to two-bladed propeller unit at reach of fuselage arranged in pusher configuration.
Propulsion
97 mph
156 kph | 84 kts
Max Speed
93 mph
150 kph | 81 kts
Cruise Speed
21,998 ft
6,705 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
124 miles
200 km | 108 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Edge REACH-S ISR / Attack Drone.
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(UNMANNED)
Crew
18.0 ft
5.50 m
O/A Length
39.4 ft
(12.00 m)
O/A Width
992 lb
(450 kg)
Empty Weight
1,323 lb
(600 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Edge REACH-S ISR / Attack Drone provided across 4 hardpoints.
Up to four underwing hardpoints reserved for light air-launched ordnance solutions including air-to-surface missiles.


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Centerline
Wingroot(L)
Wingroot(R)
Wing
Wingtip
Internal
Not Used
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Edge REACH-S family line.
Reach-S - Base Series Name.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Edge REACH-S. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 2 Units

Contractor(s): Edge Group - UAE
National flag of the United Arab Emirates

[ United Arab Emirates (ordered) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (97mph).

Graph Average of 75 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
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44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Image of the Edge REACH-S
Image from official Edge Group marketing materials.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
GROUND ATTACK
CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT
RECONNAISSANCE
UNMANNED
Recognition
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