Saudi Arabia’s Military Industries Corporation is displaying a Luna X 2000 unmanned aerial vehicle at IDEX (Stand 12-D20). The EMT Penzberg Luna Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) has been combat-proven in the Balkans (since 2000) and in Afghanistan (since 2003) and is the Bundeswehr’s most-used UAS, having logged several thousand successful missions. The system has also been ordered by the Pakistan Navy.
The Luna is launched using a simple bungee catapult and then follows a pre-programmed course that can be altered in flight if necessary.
It is primarily intended for tactical reconnaissance over ranges of up to 65km, transmitting live video data (visual or infrared) or taking still images of higher resolution. It can carry other payloads for sampling, ECM and other missions. After its mission it lands automatically with the help of a parachute and impact dampers.