HALCON from UAE unveils RW-24 Smart Loitering Precision Attack munitions
During the edition 2021 of IDEX, an International Land Defense Exhibition that was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the company HALCON has unveiled new variants of its RW-24 Smart Loitering Precision Attack munitions based on UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) design.
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UAE-made HALCON RW-24 Smart Loitering Precision Attack munitions. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The design of the RW-24 is very unique and consists of a single fuselage with two pairs of wings that are connected at the end. The drone is propelled by a single engine with a two-blade propeller. It can fly at a maximum speed of 130 km/h with a maximum range of 100 km. The RW-24 has a launch weight of less than 45 kg and a payload of 8 kg.
The HALCON RW-24 is a fully automated and highly effective unmanned system that is capable of long-range tactical operations. Operating from shallow to near-vertical angles, and with multiple abort options, it enables rapid reactions to threats, coupled with long mission endurance and a large payload capability.
The RW-24 is a smart loitering munition that delivers autonomous strike capabilities against various types of targets. As part of its precision delivery, the RW-24 navigation and flight control system uses a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) which combines GPS, GLONASS, and other satellite-based navigation systems.
The new RW-24 Seeker is equipped with a thermal automatic seeker that enables greater accuracy of engagement of moving targets and increased functionality within GPS-denied environments.
The RW-24 Extended Warhead and RW-24 Extended Range variants increase the payload capacity from 8 kg to 13 kg, enabling the drone to carry additional fuel or to increase the size of the warhead.
The RW-24 is controlled by a single operator using a portable control station and radar. The operator is able to select a thermal image view of the battlefield or a map displaying the positions of the target and the UAV. The loitering munition is launched from a ramp mounted to a single axle trailer. The drone can be deployed in less than 20 minutes.