EMT Luna X-2000

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Luna X 2000 UAV for reconnaissance and ESM missions of the German Army
The camera of Luna
The control unit

Luna X 2000 is a German unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in service with the Bundeswehr (German Army) and produced by EMT Penzberg of Germany.

Luna recovered by soldiers of the German Army

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.

The Pakistan Navy signed a contract on the 27 June 2012 with EMT for purchase of LUNA UAV Systems.[1] Houthi fighters reportedly shot down a Luna drone in Yemen around February 12, 2019.[2]

Specifications[3][edit]

  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.suasnews.com/2012/06/17197/luna-uas-for-pakistan-navy
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Luna: Technical Specifications 01.2010 Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine, downloaded 2010-04-14

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