IDEX 2021: Adasi launches QX-2 smart loitering munition

Adasi, a subdivision of EDGE Group, launched its brand new family of smart loitering munitions on the first day of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2021), held in Abu Dhabi from 21 to 25  February 2021.

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QX-2 mini-UAV can carrry and deliver small precision-guided weapon , or serve as a kamikaze UAV with an embedded warhead (Picture source: Army Recognition)

A loitering munition (also known as a suicide drone or kamikaze drone) is a weapon system category in which the munition loiters around the target area for some time, searches for targets, and attacks once a target is located.

At IDEX 2021, Adasi showcases  four news products under the name of "QX family" : QX-1, a micro-UAV, QX-2, a mini-UAV, QX-3, a small UAV, and QX-4, which features an impressive vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed wing. 

The ADASI QX-2 loitering munitions system provides infantry and special forces with a portable drone capable of carrying and delivering a precision-guided weapon or deploying in kamikaze configuration with an embedded warhead at a stand-off range of 20 km for flexible mission scenarios.

With a maximum take-off weight of 8 kg, the electric quadcopter can be fitted with 1.5 kg of payloads, such as surveillance EO/IR gimbal in addition to the armed payload for pre- and postattack information gathering. QX-2 mini-UAV has an endurance of 30 minutes for a cruising altitude of 1,000’ and ceiling altitude that can reach  2,000’. 

All QX precision-guided systems use sophisticated AI algorithms to target and strike, boasting an accuracy of 1 m CEP (circular error probable) – with an aim similar to laser guided munitions. Built to launch in any environment or terrain, the entire QX family of UAVs are lightweight, man portable, and comprise vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities.