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17 Nov 13. Algeria shows interest in MALE UAV from UAE. Algeria is considering the Adcom Systems Yabhon United 40 Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfil its medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) requirement, a company official said at the Dubai Air Show 2013. Speaking to IHS Jane’s on 17 November, CEO and general designer Ali Al Dhaheri said an Algerian delegation had been to view the aircraft in the static display area with a view to procuring it. The North African country is looking for an unmanned platform to track militants and traffickers in its vast southern desert regions, and while Algerian media has previously revealed that the air force is interested in the US-made General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GAASI) Predator/Reaper platform, this is the first time the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-developed Yabhon United 40 Block 5 has been touted as a possible candidate. The Algerian Air Force does currently operate the Denel Dynamics Seeker UAV, and the Denel Seeker 400 and Selex Falco have also been touted as potential candidates. First revealed in scale model form in 2007, the Yabhon United 40 Block 5 UAV features Adcom’s distinctive double fore and aft main-wing configuration. The twin-turboprop platform has a 17.53 m wingspan (giving a 24.3 m squared lifting area across the two wing sets), is 11.3 m in length, and stands 4.38 m tall. Performance specifications released at the Dubai Air Show give the Yabhon United 40 Block 5 a cruise speed of 120-200 kph, an endurance of over 100 hours, and a service ceiling of 26,000 ft. In terms of payload, the aircraft is fitted with synthetic aperture radar (SAR), terrain avoidance systems and a gimbaled camera. It can carry 1,050 kg on its four underwing hardpoints and has a 6-unit rotating dispenser mounted in the fuselage. The two Yabhon United 40 Block 5 UAVs displayed at the show (both of which have been built for unspecified customers) were shown fitted with four Adcom Systems Namrod stand-off missiles (two under each wing), and two torpedoes on the centreline hardpoints (which can be equipped with a company-made wing-kit for enhanced stand-off capabilities). The internal rotating dispenser can drop munitions or 24 sonobouys. (Source: Jane’s)

18 Nov 13. Cassidian to Fly Sagitta Unmanned Flying Wing by 2015. Following development and testing of core elements, “Sagitta”, Cassidian’s future Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ (UAS) research programme is entering a two year integration and testing phase, culminating in a first test flight in 2015. The integration of the aircraft is taking place at Cassidian’s Military Air Systems Center Manching, close to Munich. The reference configuration for the research work is a tailless flying wing with a wingspan of 12 metres. The demonstrator will initially be built on a scale of 1:4. The first wind tunnel tests have already been successfully completed. After 2 years of intense design work, the first parts of the extremely light-weight carbon fibre structure are now in production, and a dedicated system integration rig has been setup to start assembly of the individual avionic components and to perform the required hardware-in-the-loop simulations. The integration will span one year, and complete by the end of 2014.(Source: UAS VISION)

18 Nov 13. Piaggio Aero, together with Selex ES, announces at the Dubai Air Show 2013 that the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has achieved the demonstration and validation phase of the programme with the maiden flight of the P.1HH DEMO, Piaggio Aero’s UAV technology demonstrator. This flight is a fundamental milestone that paves the way to the next phase of the programme development. The flight readiness of the P.1HH DEMO flight Technology Demonstrator had been confirmed by the first flight, which occurred on Thursday 14th November 2013, at the Trapani (Italy) “Birgi” Italian Air Force base. The P.1HH DEMO UAV has taken off at a rot

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