ST Aerospace Skyblade

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The Skyblade is a man-portable mini-UAV developed by ST Aerospace, designed to be used by two operators for short-range battlefield or tactical reconnaissance and artillery spotting.

Models[edit]

  • Skyblade I: Prototype version. Jointly developed with local research house (DSO National Laboratories)
  • Skyblade II: Advance Production exploration, gasoline engine. Completely in-house developed. Didn't make it to full production.
  • Skyblade III: Production version, all electric systems. Jointly developed with local research house (DSO National Laboratories)

The Skyblade III is designed for rapid 2-man deployment to support military and civilian applications. Developed for fully autonomous flight operations, it delivers quick and accurate intelligence in real-time to tactical commanders in the field.

  • Skyblade IV: New tactical UAV

The SkyBlade IV is completely new a close-range tactical UAV unveiled in Asian Aerospace 2006, with a takeoff weight of 50 kilograms (110 pounds), including a 12 kilogram (26 pound) payload, a torpedo-like fuselage, a straight high-mounted wing with upturned wingtips, cruciform tailfins and a pusher prop driven by a piston engine with an endurance of up to 12 hours. The UAV carries an EO-IR sensor system with STA working on a miniaturized SAR. The vehicle is catapult launched and is recovered via parachutes or catch nets. Skyblade IV can perform a variety of operational missions such as surveillance, reconnaissance, fire support and battle damage assessment.

Specifications[edit]

Skyblade II Prototype

  • Length: 1.2 m (4 ft)
  • Wing span: 1.8 m (6 ft)
  • Operating altitude: 458 m (1500 ft)
  • Endurance (minimum) (depending on internal combustion or electric version): 1-2 hrs
  • Stall speed: 18 kts (33 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 70 kts (130 km/h)
  • Operating wind conditions: 20 kts (37 km/h)
  • Head wind during take-off and landing: 15 kts (28 km/h)
  • Cross wind during take-off and landing: 10 kts (18 km/h)
  • Range: up to 8 km line-of-sight


Skyblade III Specifications

  • Length: 1.4 m
  • Wing Span: 2.6 m
  • Maximum Take Off Weight: 5.0 kg
  • Endurance: >60 mins
  • Operating Altitude: 300 - 1,500 ft (90- 460m)
  • Maximum Speed: 35 kts
  • Range: 8 km
  • Flight Operation: Fully autonomous from launch to mission execution to recovery


Skyblade IV Specifications

  • Length: 2.4 m
  • Wing Span: 3.7 m
  • Maximum Take Off Weight: 70 kg
  • Maximum Payload Weight: 12 kg
  • Endurance: 6 – 12 hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 15,000 ft [4,572 m]
  • Operating Speed: 50 -80 kts
  • Range: 100 km
  • Launch: Catapult
  • Recovery: Parachute
  • Flight Operation: Fully autonomous

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