Russia’s Unmanned Systems has unveiled its under-development Supercam S450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the MAKS 2017 Airshow, Russian Aviation Insider reported.
The developer says the UAV, which is is an upgraded version of the company’s Supercam S350, has a maximum speed of 120 km/h and a range of 560 km. The radio link has a maximum operational radius of 110 km, and the video channel range is up to 80 km. The endurance is about eight hours and can carry four kilograms of payload.
The UAV is fitted with a wing detachment mechanism for rough landing situations. It also simplifies transportation and repairs.
The Supercam S450 is intended for real-time airborne video surveillance day and night. The possible mission payloads include an remote-controlled HD video camera, a remote-controlled video camera with 720х576 resolution, a thermal imager, as well as assorted photographic cameras and radiation sensors. The payload is installed under the center wing for unobstructed coverage.
Russian Aviation Insider had quoted an Unmanned Systems representative as saying that the aircraft has successfully passed the flight tests and is ready for series production, which is scheduled to start in late 2017. The price tag will depend on the configuration.
Unmanned Systems is also demonstrating a target acquisition and tracking module, that can be mounted on a UAV, at the Airshow. The module can acquire and track a target selected by the operator. It supports digital image stabilization; keeps the UAV in place based on the video imagery, including in situations when satellite-based navigation is unavailable; and also provides automatic target tracking and autonomous camera movement control based on the video picture.
The module can be installed on company’s UAVs such as the Supercam S100, Supercam S250, Supercam S350, and Supercam S450.
Source: Russian Aviation Insider