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Indonesia rolls out indigenous MALE UAV

3rd January 2020 - 09:39 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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On 30 December, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) rolled out the first prototype of an indigenously developed MALE UAV that has been christened the Elang Hitam (Black Eagle). The ceremony was held at PTDI’s facility in Bandung in West Java.

Its engine will be installed in early January ahead of its first flight this year. Its payload capacity is expected to be 300kg, and it will eventually become an armed platform within the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU), with a graphic showing it with two underwing hardpoints.

The Black Eagle is 8.65m long, 2.6m high and it has a 16m wingspan.

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