Air Platforms

AGAT develops Berkut-1E UAV

30 March 2017

Minsk, Belarus-based AGAT Control Systems has developed a new variant of its Berkut-1 small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Berkut-1E has two variants. (Miroslav Gyurosi)The Berkut-1E has two variants. (Miroslav Gyurosi)

The Berkut-1E builds on the design of the earlier system and has two configurations - a 3.3 m wingspan, 1.5 m long aircraft or a 3.7 m wingspan, 1.7 m long variant, which also features a larger battery.

The aircraft have a pusher propeller configuration and feature a single payload integrated in the nose -these have been developed by AGAT and include an infrared camera, digital still camera, or a CCD TV camera.

The aircraft can be launched by hand (in winds of up to 15 m/s) or a rubber bungee (less than 10 m/s and for the larger variant only) and are recovered via a parachute system.

The take-off weight depends on the variant and payload fitted, with the larger aircraft having a maximum weight of 9 kg.

A maximum operating range of 60 km is stated by the company, along with an endurance of 2.5 hours - depending on the flight profile.

The aircraft have a ceiling of 9,842 ft, although this reduces depending on the payload; operations are typically conducted at 820 to 984 ft above ground level.

Berkut-1E's NSU ground station is based on a ruggedised laptop and an omnidirectional AMU antenna unit that can extend to a height of 10 m.

The systems are typically operated by a two-person crew and all of the components are carried in two cases. A complete system set comprises two aircraft, three payload modules, three batteries, one antenna unit, and one ground control station.

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