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Steadicopter has unveiled the BLACK EAGLE 50 Electric, the newest model in its Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAV) family. It is powered by electric motors, and designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian and covert missions, the company writes in a press release.

According to Steadicopter, the BLACK EAGLE 50 Electric is the first electrically-powered RUAV with a maximum takeoff weight of 50 kg and useful load weight of 30 kg, comprising payload and batteries, capable of up to two hours of flight time. The scope of applications suggested by the company for the RUAV includes:

  • search & rescue
  • cyber
  • intelligence
  • gas & oil rigs
  • high-end naval missions

With an empty weight of 20 kg as a platform, the BLACK EAGLE 50 Electric reportedly has the capacity to carry additional batteries for longer flights and heavier payloads.

Powered by dual-electric propulsion, the BLACK EAGLE 50 Electric is said to be very cost effective, simple to operate, easy to maintain and, with no need for fuel storage, both environmentally friendly and safe. It features all the proven capabilities of the gasoline-powered BLACK EAGLE 50, including vertical take-off and landing capability, long hover durations, and leading mission sensor suites for all mission scenarios, whether day or night, the company emphasises.