Dubai Airshow 2021: SAMI’s AEC showcases the self-designed BARIQ drone

2021-11-22 08:10:29 By : Mr. jinrong wu

AEC BARIQ VTOL drone equipped with a portable GCS at the Dubai Airshow in 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) Advanced Electronics Corporation (AEC) demonstrated its first self-developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) cluster capability BARIQ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Dubai Air Show in 2021.

BARIQ is a multi-rotor hybrid small drone designed to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and cargo missions. This aircraft (AV) is specially designed to meet the long-range and high endurance requirements of domestic customers.

The AV is 2 m in diameter and has six detachable arms. Each arm is equipped with an electric motor with a lithium polymer battery to provide power for a two-blade propeller with a fixed pitch. The central mast is equipped with arms, two landing gears, an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) turret and a two-stroke single-cylinder internal combustion engine (IC) engine. The engine is combined with a generator to support forward flight and electronic warfare (EW) payload requirements. The motor supports autonomous VTOL and mission segments, and requires fast maneuvering and high power consumption to compensate for the lag of the IC engine.

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The artist's impression of the A400M with the Indonesian Air Force logo. The Indonesian Ministry of Defense ordered two A400Ms on November 18, 2021, and signed a letter of intent for the other four aircraft. (Airbus Group)

Indonesia has signed two Airbus A400M Atlas multi-purpose tankers and transport aircraft, becoming the 10th operator and third export customer of this type of aircraft.

On November 18th, Airbus announced that the contract will take effect in 2022, which includes a comprehensive maintenance and training support package. As of press time, the company has not disclosed the value of the transaction and the estimated date of the first delivery of the aircraft.

The A400M will provide the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) with "a perfect platform to transport large and heavy loads to remote areas and multiply airpower projection with reliable air refueling capabilities", Airbus Defense and Aerospace Corporation CEO Michael Schoellhorn (Michael Schoellhorn) said. The quote said. Indonesia’s Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto was also quoted as saying that the A400M will become TNI-AU’s "foundation for human assistance and disaster response missions."

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The F-16V shares the same profile as the standard Fighting Falcon, but has multiple advanced systems, including active electronically scanned array radar. (Lockheed Martin Aviation)

On November 18, the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) officially launched its first fighter wing fully equipped with the Lockheed Martin F-16 multirole fighter, which was recently upgraded to the latest F-16V Block 20 standard.

The ceremony was postponed in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country and was held at Chiayi Air Force Base in the presence of President Tsai Ing-wen and Sandra Oudkirk, Director of the Institute of Taiwan Studies.

President Tsai stated at the event that the F-16V Block 20 upgrade project reflects the firm commitment of the Taiwan-US partnership and the continuous progress of the local aerospace industry. He added that this will also help further strengthen national defense capabilities.

The upgraded F-16V aircraft is in service with the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing, which will be the first aircraft to use this type of aircraft. As of March 2021, at least 42 upgraded F-16Vs have been delivered to RoCAF.

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The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has won a five-year contract worth up to $88 million for research and development of autonomous systems for potential development by the United States Air Force (USAF).

The program was awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory on November 12, named Soaring Otter, and aims to advance, evaluate, and mature autonomous technologies and technologies, including machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), neural networks, and neuromorphic computing , And data development. The initial funding is 1.8 million U.S. dollars.

Soaring Otter is a wide-ranging project aimed at improving the level of technical preparation and transitioning autonomous technology from laboratory to field use. Its scope includes seven key areas: independent development and testing (applying the latest technologies in machine learning, artificial intelligence, neural networks, etc.); autonomous capability evaluation (providing fair analysis of third-party algorithms); new calculation methods; new Application space (focusing on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance); open system architecture for autonomy; autonomous technology integration and testing; and mature system support.

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