Desert Scout: Saudi Arabia unveils new UAV


The fighting that took place in Syrian Idlib again attracted the increased attention of representatives of almost all armies of the world to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles capable of performing a variety of combat missions. The military of Saudi Arabia, who recently announced the adoption of a new UAV, were not an exception. What is interesting about this winged car?


This is a medium-altitude reconnaissance drone with an increased flight duration of the Saker-1B. According to available information, the development of this new product for a decade has been jointly carried out by representatives of the American company UAVOS and experts from the Saudi King Abdel Aziz Science and Technology Center (KACST). The “bird” turned out not to be shallow - the UAV has a maximum take-off mass of 1,1 tons and the corresponding wing span is 16 meters. Such parameters are due to the fact that Saker-1B was originally “sharpened” specifically for long patrols in, let's say, not too gentle climate of the Middle East, high temperatures and exposure to sand and dust storms characteristic of deserts.

According to the declared performance characteristics, the UAV can fly at an altitude of up to 5 kilometers, while without interruption being in the air for up to a day. Today, however, the maximum flight duration recorded during the tests is 19 hours, but the developers swear that 24 hours for the Saker-1B is not a problem. The drone has a good range of more than 2 and a half thousand kilometers. However, its main “highlight” is the possibility of completely autonomous actions that do not require constant monitoring and operator participation. The existing control systems allow him to take off completely independently, followed by following the laid route, fixing on the photo and video equipment allotted to him for patrolling sections of the terrain and automatically landing.

To support all these functions, the Desert Scout Saker-1B is equipped with a very advanced satellite communications system, to which the device switches automatically again, it should go beyond the direct line of sight of the ground station from which direct control is carried out. In connection with all of the above, the most probable scope of the new UAV is the protection of oil fields, as well as the transportation routes of "black gold", which constitute the main national treasure of Saudi Arabia. As we recall, last year it was these objects that several times became targets for a variety of attacks, the success of which clearly revealed serious problems with their technical security. Also, according to KACST representatives, the drone can be used for reconnaissance purposes and during search and rescue operations both in deserts and on the sea coast.

Whether this project will be developed, for example, in the direction of creating, based on a sufficiently powerful Saker-1B shock UAV, is still unknown. In any case, after long and picky trials (only flight time of which was one and a half thousand hours), representatives of the armed forces of Saudi Arabia stated that they were completely satisfied with the results and were determined to take this drone into service.
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  1. rocket757 10 March 2020 08: 00 New
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    Desert Scout: Saudi Arabia unveils new UAV

    they have babosiks, and the rest ... themselves, themselves.
  2. Vladimir_2U 10 March 2020 08: 02 New
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    but the developers swear that 24 hours for Saker-1B is not a problem
    They swear by their beloved camel, not otherwise!
  3. bessmertniy 10 March 2020 08: 06 New
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    By itself, this scout is unlikely to reliably save the objects of the Saudi oil industry from attacks. It is more interesting how such drones will operate in the general system of counteracting attacks.
  4. Victor_B 10 March 2020 08: 08 New
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    Desert Scout: Saudi Arabia unveils new UAV

    Aha
    Type themselves sawed.
    Like us, "Orlan" (in the late 90s Israeli development was almost the same).
    1. unhappy 10 March 2020 08: 42 New
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      Immediately they threw cons, such an audience is now on the site. Like on a TV show, they unanimously begin to mumble at unpleasant information. You still ask about our battle robots ... sad
    2. Camille 10 March 2020 08: 50 New
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      It seems here that the truth is not interesting to everyone here and minus.
      1. Victor_B 10 March 2020 08: 54 New
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        Quote: Camille
        It seems here that the truth is not interesting to everyone here and minus.

        In half the cases, the logic of the minuser is not available.
        Like us, "Orlan" (in the late 90s Israeli development was almost the same).
        Golimaya truth, never hidden by anyone.
        Licensed production.
        I am sure that the equipment has undergone certain changes, but no one canceled the army principle - what works, do not touch.
        1. Camille 12 March 2020 10: 28 New
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          Then the pilus is from me
    3. rudolff 10 March 2020 08: 57 New
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      Orlan, what side to Israel? Outpost yes, the girlhood of Israel Sicher. Orlan is our airplane.
      1. Victor_B 10 March 2020 08: 58 New
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        Quote: rudolff
        Orlan, what side to Israel? Outpost yes, the girlhood of Israel Sicher. Orlan is our airplane.

        Sprinkle ash on my head !!!
        Confused ...
        I repent!
        Sorry, I sincerely ask!
        IAI Searcher (eng. Searcher - "searcher") is a family of Israeli tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles developed by the IAI concern.
        Well, do not climb every sneeze into pedivics.
        1. 72jora72 10 March 2020 09: 23 New
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          Well, do not climb every sneeze into pedivics.
          That's why you stuffed the cons.
          1. Victor_B 10 March 2020 09: 25 New
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            Quote: 72jora72
            That's why you stuffed the cons.

            We survived the blockade, survive and abundance!
    4. ultra 10 March 2020 10: 38 New
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      Quote: Victor_B
      Like us, "Orlan" (in the late 90s Israeli development was almost the same).

      This is an Outpost licensed copy of the Israeli apparatus.
  5. Rusfaner 10 March 2020 08: 20 New
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    "According to the declared performance characteristics, the UAV can fly at an altitude of up to 5 kilometers ..." (c)
    Dream of MANPADS MANPADS. Or the Saudis are cheating ...
    1. donavi49 10 March 2020 08: 59 New
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      It is only on paper. Really, for example, Turks, for example, shot UAVs from Syria from UAVs and they had nothing. Neither from Thor, nor from the Shell, nor from S-125. And here already on the Libyan scenery or Armu 3 can not be attributed sad .


      Rangefinder in hundreds of meters if that. Any MANPADS reach.
      1. rotmistr60 10 March 2020 09: 28 New
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        donavi49
        and they had nothing. Neither from Thor, nor from the Shell, nor from S-125
        Or maybe then there was simply no team? And 20 shot down on the day of the start of negotiations of the UAV in Turkey, how do you explain this?
        1. donavi49 10 March 2020 09: 39 New
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          Well, 20 are hunting stories. AnnaNyuvs and Poddubny evaluate at 7-12 UAVs of different types in a few days. Moreover, Poddubny said in an interview that they shoot down a little, they fly constantly. With photo - 2 Anki and 1 TV2.
          1. rotmistr60 10 March 2020 09: 47 New
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            these are hunting stories
            For you maybe. But all the same, when did you listen to Poddubny for the last time? Just yesterday, a figure of at least 20 different types was announced. I'm not talking exclusively about drums, but the numbers characterize the work of Syrian air defense, which you lowered below the sewer.
            1. donavi49 10 March 2020 09: 54 New
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              Where have I lowered? I just pointed out that on paper is always smooth. In life, far from it. wink

              And on a post by type - Slipper is knocked down:
              Dream of MANPADS MANPADS.
              1. rotmistr60 10 March 2020 10: 04 New
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                Excuse your words
                for example, Turks shot UAVs from Syria from UAVs and they had nothing ... Rangefinder in hundreds of meters if that. Any MANPADS reach.
                hi
                1. donavi49 10 March 2020 11: 21 New
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                  Well, so am I about the same. Slipper (MANPADS) judging by the rangefinder can reach. At the same time, it flies to itself and opens the air defense system. This is in Aleppo (i.e. at great depths):


                  https://www.google.com/maps?ll=36.22285,37.091569&q=36.22285,37.091569&hl=en&t=h&z=18



                  https://www.google.com/maps/place/36°13'22.8"N+37°05'04.3"E/@36.222998,37.084529,467m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d36.222998!4d37.084529?hl=en
              2. ultra 10 March 2020 10: 41 New
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                Quote: donavi49
                And on a post by type - Slipper is knocked down

                Slipper is not a slipper, but the presence of modern military air defense would have reset these UAVs within, not even hours, but minutes.
                1. donavi49 10 March 2020 11: 25 New
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                  Well, the Syrians in the video have quite a modern military air defense - Shell, Tor, S-125. wink

                  UAV - the hero of the Theme, will fly into Yemen. The Tripolentan government (if it survives). The theoretical maximum use (based on the current Saudi policy) for this UAV is Syria and Iran.
                  1. ultra 10 March 2020 11: 42 New
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                    The Syrians do not have Thors, the S-125 is not mobile, and the number of Shells in the entire Syrian army is 36, although in our motorized rifle brigade, our own air defense assets count even more, taking into account MANPADS.
                  2. ultra 10 March 2020 11: 45 New
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                    Quote: donavi49
                    The theoretical maximum use (based on the current Saudi policy) for this UAV is Syria and Iran

                    The maximum was reached, as soon as the SA more or less satiated the battle formations with air defense means, the losses of the Turks became catastrophic. And practically the activity of Turkish UAVs was nullified.
      2. Rusfaner 10 March 2020 09: 32 New
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        I’m never going to dispute that UAVs fly there and fight in the affected area.
        But, after all, people make such a weapon and, in the same way, observing combat regulations by all (!) Participants of the “process” on earth. Etc. ...
      3. Phantom 104 10 March 2020 10: 43 New
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        as if already somewhere about a week ago they proved that this video was from somewhere in Africa and destroyed Roland, not the Carapace
        1. donavi49 10 March 2020 11: 23 New
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          You watch all the video? Turks are collected from different fragments. But there, behind the first shell there is a new thread. Already with geolocation (this is Aleppo) both in TPV and in the usual range.
  6. Livonetc 10 March 2020 08: 24 New
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    Temperature and sandstorms will not greatly affect operation.
    In the conditions of sand storms flights will not be carried out.
    And high temperature is of serious importance only on take-off.
    For every 1000 meters of height increase, the temperature drops by 6 degrees.
  7. Fedorov 10 March 2020 08: 28 New
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    In Saudi Arabia, and somehow I was there, all the specialists, the doctors are Europeans, etc. for hire, the oil will run out and again on camels. They do not work, of course there are exceptions, but mostly - specific brakes. Not to mention the army - pornography. In vain chtol Chechens are hired by the princes. There are none of them, just like brains. They themselves cannot create anything there.
    For a better understanding, a glass of water is a dollar.
  8. Mytholog 10 March 2020 08: 33 New
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    However, its main “highlight” is the possibility of completely autonomous actions that do not require constant monitoring and operator participation ...
    not too gentle climate of the Middle East, high temperatures and exposure to sand and dust storms characteristic of deserts.

    And if it falls successfully and "accidentally" explodes, everything can be attributed to a "tragic accident" and a malfunction of automation as a result of weather conditions. Conveniently.
    Export potential, again.
  9. rotmistr60 10 March 2020 09: 21 New
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    Desert Scout: Saudi Arabia unveils new UAV
    Aha
    Type themselves sawed.
    How do we "Orlan"
    Even S-Wikipedia even says: “A special technology center was developed by the Russian enterprise. It’s also under the Soviet-Russian flag in the avatar, but it is periodically thrown onto the fan.
    1. ultra 10 March 2020 10: 42 New
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      Probably confused with the Outpost.
  10. sanik2020 10 March 2020 12: 39 New
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    Well, after all, who benefited from oil. For a couple of decades, they built up the desert with skyscrapers, collected almost all of the world's money, and now they are developing the industry, which was previously known only from abroad, and only using advanced technologies.
  11. Operator 10 March 2020 14: 20 New
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    A flight altitude of 5 km is about nothing, the Saudi drone will stray from the slingshot, that is, MANPADS.