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Hybrid-Powered Unmanned Helicopters

Steadicopter and BIRD Aerosystems Revealed the Black Eagle 50H

— February 21, 2023 — Tech
Defence helicopter manufacturer company Steadicopter and airborne defense developer BIRD Aerosystems unveiled the Black Eagle 50H, the first hybrid-powered unmanned helicopter. Co-CEO and founder of BIRD Aerosystems Ronen Factor spoke of the capabilities of this helicopter, saying: “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.

This helicopter has several unique capabilities, including day and night vision with wide-area persistent surveillance. The helicopter can reach a maximum air speed of 126 km/h and has a cruising speed of 81 km/h, with the ability to reach a height of up to 16,500 feet. Additionally, it is equipped with advanced capabilities that allow for long-endurance operations of up to five hours, thanks to BIRD Aerosystems' µMPR functions for detecting maritime vessels. Furthermore, the hybrid-powered capabilities of the helicopter ensure not only the health and safety of pilots, but also a more eco-friendly power source.

Image Credit: Steadicopter
Trend Themes
1. Hybrid-powered Unmanned Vehicles - The integration of hybrid power sources into unmanned aerial, ground, and maritime vehicles for increased efficiency and decreased carbon emissions.
2. Persistent Surveillance and Detection - The development of advanced sensor and detection technologies for persistent surveillance, especially for maritime border protection and strategic asset surveillance.
3. Long-endurance Unmanned Operations - The ability for unmanned vehicles to conduct long-endurance operations for up to several hours, especially in remote areas and challenging environments.
Industry Implications
1. Defense and Security - The defense and security industry could benefit from the use of hybrid-powered unmanned helicopters for maritime border protection and surveillance.
2. Aerospace and Unmanned Systems - The aerospace and unmanned systems industry could continue to develop advanced sensor and detection technologies for persistent surveillance and detection.
3. Environmental Engineering - The environmental engineering industry could collaborate with unmanned systems developers in creating more eco-friendly power sources, such as hybrid technology, for unmanned vehicles.
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