EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond, today launches its first family of multirotor loitering munitions, the QX range.
The QX family of loitering munitions comprises four products: QX-1, a micro-UAV, QX-2, a mini-UAV, QX-3, a small UAV, and QX-4, which features an impressive vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed wing. The precision-guided systems use sophisticated AI algorithms to target and strike, boasting an accuracy of 1 m Circular Error Probable (CEP) – with an aim similar to laser guided munitions. Built to launch in any environment or terrain, the entire QX family of UAVs are lightweight, man portable and comprise VTOL capabilities.
The second range of loitering munitions consists of SHADOW 50 and SHADOW 25. As the name implies, the former can carry a payload of 50kg, whereas the latter is a high-speed system equipped with a jet engine and boasts a short reaction time. Delivering high precision strike against fixed targets and advanced guidance capabilities, these UAVs leverage Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and can fly using video navigation systems in GPS denied Environment.
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Also launched on Day 1 of IDEX, the RASH 2 is a fixed-wing guidance kit for mortars and other in-house designed payloads, capable of gliding in flight and directing munitions to ground targets. It is available in different sizes to accommodate varying payload capacity, range, and endurance. ADASI has secured a AED 55 million contract to supply RASH 2 to the UAE Armed Forces, marking the first order of the newly launched product.
Three new additions to the RW-24 range were also launched in time for IDEX 2021. The newly unveiled RW-24 SEEKER is equipped with a thermal automatic seeker that enable greater accuracy of engagement of moving targets and increased functionality within GPS-denied environments.
The RW-24 Extended Warhead and RW-24 Extended Range variants increase the payload capacity from 8 kg to 13 kg, enabling the UAV to carry additional fuel or to increase the size of the warhead.