EMT Luna X-2000
It is intended for close reconnaissance (over the hill, up to 65 kilometres (40 mi) away), transmitting live video data (visual or infrared) or taking higher resolution still images, but it can also perform other tasks such as particle sampling, ESM/Electronic countermeasures (radio/radar jamming), depending on its payload.
The UAV is launched with a simple bungee catapult and then follows a preprogrammed course, that can be altered in flight if necessary. After its mission it automatically lands with the help of a parachute and impact dampers.
Luna X UAVs are in use by German KFOR forces since 2000 and are also used by German troops in Afghanistan.
In mid-2009 the German Army ordered another 4 systems with a total of 40 UAVs.
- Propulsion: two cylinder two stroke engine, driving pusher propeller
- Typical speed: 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph)
- Service ceiling: 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) AMSL
- Endurance: 6 hours (8 hours optional)
- Length: 2.36 metres (7 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 4.17 metres (13.7 ft)
- Take-off weight: < 40 kilograms (88 lb)
- Data Link range: > 100 kilometres (62 mi) (dependent on line of sight)
- Binnie, Jeremy (February 14, 2019). "German-made UAV crashes in Yemen". Jane's Information Group.
The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) released a video on 12 February showing a Luna unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it said was shot down near the Saudi border.
- Luna: Technical Specifications 01.2010 Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine, downloaded 2010-04-14
- Luna UAV System @ EMT (manufacturer)
- Nahaufklärungs-Austattung LUNA X (in German) @ deutschesheer.de (Official homepage of the German Army)
- LUNA X-2000 @ defense update
- LUNA Aerial Reconnaissance and Surveillance UAV
- @Luna UAS for Pakistan Navy.
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