IDEX 2023: Steadicopter and BIRD Aerosystems to reveal new capability for the Black Eagle 50H – a Micro Maritime Patrol Radar (µMPR) for maritime missions at long ranges
The highly-reliable unmanned hybrid helicopter provides an accurate intelligence picture of marine environments, up to a radius of 200 km.
IDEX, Abu Dhabi, 20-26/2, EDT’s Stand 11-C07
14 February 2023. Steadicopter – a leader in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry, and BIRD Aerosystems – a global provider of innovative defense technology and solutions that protect the air, sea, and land fleets of governments and related agencies, are unveiling the BlackEagle 50H (BE50H) – an advanced hybrid unmanned helicopter, featuring a miniature airborne radar with advanced proprietary technology, for use in maritime intelligence missions.
Advanced capabilities for long endurance of up to five hours, together with BIRD Aerosystems’ µMPR capabilities for the detection and tracking of maritime vessels, enable the BE50H to carry out accurate mapping of all vessels within a radius of 200 km within a few hours, in harsh environmental conditions, day or night.
A true game-changer for uncrewed operations, the BE50H provides its users with the most cost-effective solution for both ISR and pinpoint CAS operations, in both the land and maritime domains, by enabling a unique combination of impressive flight endurance and an extremely versatile sensor suite.
With its open architecture modular design, the BE50H accommodates the latest mission payloads, such as BIRD Aerosystems’ µMPR. Coupled with the µMPR, the BE50H provides a first-ever combination of a small tactical RUAS (with a near-to-zero operational, maintenance & logistic footprint), capable of wide-area persistent surveillance and coverage for long durations on the one hand, with all the advantages of the rotary-UAS, such as persistent hovering, which enable additional concepts of operations for many mission applications, on the other.
Implementing sophisticated patented design features, together with powerful signal processing algorithms, BIRD Aerosystems’ µMPR uniquely detects and tracks maritime vessels with 100% identification accuracy. Implemented in a single small Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), the µMPR is extremely lightweight, with very low power consumption. It can be installed in conjunction with AIS and an electro-optical (EO/IR) payload, perform automatic cross-cues between the radar and the EO/IR sensor to confirm target identification, and automatically inform ground control using a precise geo-reference.
“Maritime border protection is one of the most prominent needs in the world today,” says Noam Lidor, VP Sales, Marketing & Business Development at Steadicopter. “The combination of the proven advantages of a hybrid unmanned helicopter system with long flight endurance that enables coverage of large maritime surfaces, with radar capabilities for identifying and locating hostile ships at ranges of several tens of kilometers, provides the vessel’s crew with an accurate intelligence picture within a wide radius of hundreds of kilometers, thereby giving them a significant advantage for mission success.”
Ronen Factor, Co-CEO and Founder of BIRD Aerosystems, added: “Ideal for the protection of maritime borders and strategic assets, BIRD’s innovative µMPR cuts through sea clutter and significantly increases mission effectiveness and cost efficiency. Small and lightweight, it can easily be installed on unmanned aerial systems, such as Steadicopter’s BlackEagle 50H, to create a cost-effective surveillance platform with excellent performance.”
About Steadicopter Ltd.
Steadicopter Ltd. is a revolutionary player in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry, specializing in the design, development and production of rotary tactical UAS. The company delivers exceptional, unprecedented, proven solutions for military, HLS and civilian applications. It provides full-featured solutions for any in-field requirements, enabling vertical take-off and landing, steady hovering and leading mission sensor suites for day and night. Steadicopter is ISO-9001/20015 certified for development, manufacturing, marketing, and sales.
For more information on Steadicopter, please visit the company’s website: www.steadicopter.com
About BIRD Aerosystems
BIRD Aerosystems, a global provider of innovative defense technology and solutions, protect fleets and ground assets of governments and related agencies. BIRD secures these assets via its industry-leading missile protection and border task force solutions. It provides turnkey programs, including design and certification services, as well as installation at its wholly-owned Maintenance and Repair Organization (MRO). The company integrates world-class engineering with its patented technology to deliver end-to-end airborne and land protection solutions to customers that include the US government, UN Air Operations, NATO forces and leading defense organizations.
For more information, please visit www.birdaero.com
VP Sales, Marketing & Business Development