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Utva Vrabac


Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) [ 2008 ]



The Utva Vrabac is intended as a reconnaissance UAV for the forces of Serbia.



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With drones becoming the military operational norm across all major powers of the world, Serbia has followed suit, adopting the Vrabac ("Sparrow") low-altitude mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes. The vehicle was introduced in 2008 with the Serbian Army, was designed by Military Technical Institute Belgrade and is produced under the Utva Aviation Industry banner. Over 50 of the type are thought to have been produced since 2008.

As a mini UVA, the Vrabac is allowed certain benefits such as not requiring an expensive launching or recovery process. The system is simply hand-launched when needed and recovered via an internal-release parachute system and cushioned to the ground via a deployed airbag. The Vrabac can operate in both full-light and low-light settings and utilizes modern optics to suit the role through a 1.5 kilogram payload limit. Additionally, the mini UAV is wholly portable as it weighs in at 5.3 kilograms. Construction involves lightweight composites while power is served through a 350 horsepower motor driving a two-bladed propeller assembly at the nose. Optics are held under the fuselage and viewed through a transparent housing. Wings are conventionally set high along the fuselage and feature a slight upwards crank after the wingroot. The empennage is a thin, tapered stem holding a single vertical tail gin and high-mounted horizontal tail plane. There is no integral undercarriage due to the unique take-off and landing actions of the system.

In addition to its military value, the Vrabac can be utilized by security forces for all manner of civilian reconnaissance and surveillance including humanitarian initiatives.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Utva Aviation Industry - Serbia
Manufacturer(s)
Serbia
Operators National flag of Serbia
2008
Service Year
Serbia
National Origin
Active
Project Status
0
(UNMANNED)
Crew
55
Units


UNMANNED
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


9.2 ft
(2.80 meters)
Width/Span
11 lb
(5 kilograms)
Empty Weight
15 lb
(7 kilograms)
Maximum Take-Off Weight
+4 lb
(+2 kg)
Weight Difference


1 x Conventional motor at the nose developing 350 horsepower.
Propulsion
53 mph
(85 kph | 46 knots)
Max Speed
1,312 ft
(400 m | 0 miles)
Ceiling
6 miles
(10 km | 5 nm)
Range


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


None. Optics and sensor payload of up to 1.5 kilograms.


Vrabac - Base Series Designation


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