Thursday, February 26, 2009

IDEX 2009 :Spotlight on Smart Eye UAV

UAE-based ADCOM Military Industries (Hall 5, Stand C40) has unveiled the latest and largest member of its growing family of unmanned air vehicles. Smart Eye is a 21m span high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAV with impressive figures claimed for its performance.

Smart Eye is fitted with a primary propeller engine, but has a secondary jet engine that can boost performance and provide power should the main engine fail. With a glide ratio of 1:34, Smart Eye can glide for hundreds of kilometres without power. The normal ceiling of 6,000m can be increased to 8,000m by using the jet.

The slender wings each contain 150 litres of fuel, combining with fuselage tanks to provide a total capacity of 700 litres. This gives a top speed of 220km/h and a claimed endurance of 125 hours.

Maximum payload is 550kg and the Smart Eye can mount two sensor turrets. Development of Smart Eye can be traced back seven years, but the final shape was established about a year ago.
ADCOM reports that all the components have been fully tested, and Smart Eye is ready for production, although yet to fly in its current form. The company has a customer, and expects to build three prototypes for flight, static and engineering tests


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