Following an initial order, Steadicopter will supply the BlackEagle 50H – launched just a few months ago – to a naval customer in the current calendar year, for advanced maritime operations.
Designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian missions, the Black Eagle 50H is the first ever hybrid-powered unmanned helicopter. With a maximum takeoff weight of 50 kg, the system can carry multiple large or relatively smaller payloads, and is capable of up to five hours of flight time – extremely high endurance when compared to other VTOL platforms in its class. This enables high performance and maximum operational flexibility for various applications, such as maritime surveillance, search & rescue, cyber security, intelligence, offshore rigs, and high-end naval missions.
Featuring a hybrid engine and propulsion system, the Black Eagle 50H combines the best of the electric 50E and the gas-powered 50 variants in a platform that is extremely cost effective, simple to operate, easy to maintain, environmentally friendly, and safe. The helicopter has all the proven capabilities of the highly energy-efficient gasoline-powered Black Eagle 50, including vertical take-off and landing, long hover durations, and leading mission sensor suites for all mission scenarios, whether day or night. In addition, like the Black Eagle 50E, it offers excellent reliability and is extremely adaptive to high-altitude flights, thanks to the electric propulsion component, which is less affected by ambient air pressure, making it deployable in many high-altitude operational scenarios.
For enhanced mission versatility, the hybrid platform also enables operators to select power by generator while en route, switching to the quieter direct battery power during the mission itself, enabling maximum covertness.