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Made in KSA

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  1. The SC

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    UAVOS developed the R22-UV unmanned drone in collaboration with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), a state-owned scientific institution based in Saudi Arabia.

    R22-UV is intended for both military and commercial applications such as aerial video surveillance and monitoring, cargo transportation and delivery, radio relay, and agriculture.

    The drone can also be used as a flying research and development laboratory for meteorological and hydrology surveys, and earth monitoring applications.

    R22-UV incorporates a conventional rotorcraft design featuring an extended fuselage section, which integrated fixed landing gear, a main rotor, and a tail rotor.

    The unmanned helicopter is 8.8m-long and 2.7m-high and features a two-bladed main rotor having a diameter of 7.7m. The tail section has a two-bladed tail rotor as well as vertical and horizontal stabilisers. The wheelbase of the helicopter is 1.8m.

    Maximum take-off weight of the UAV is 635kg, the maximum payload carrying capacity is 40kg, and cargo capacity is 280kg.

    The R22-UV’s skid type landing gear, with a level surface of 15mx15m, provides safe landing on difficult terrains.
    The helicopter’s flexible design allows for operation in severe weather conditions. It also requires less operational life cycle costs. Time between overhauls (TBO) for the maintenance of the UAV is 300 hours.

    https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/r22-uv-unmanned-helicopter/

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    KACST Annual report 2017..amazing projects, R&D and products:

    http://publications.kacst.edu.sa/SystemFiles/Books_Pdf/PDF_636619892652982652.pdf
     
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    So useful :cheesy:
     
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    Impressive indeed.

    Truly a new industrial age for KSA.
     
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  4. Philip the Arab

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    This isn't made in KSA related directly but what do you think of a European based consortium of Arab defense companies. You know Airbus, MBDA, Eurocopter, etc.
    I was thinking KADDB, SAMI, AOI, EDIC, and possibly smaller Arab firms aimed at developing armored vehicles, aircraft, and munitions? With the right capita, and order commitments I think it could work.
     
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  5. The SC

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    That might happen in the future as each one develops its own defence industry..and then look for complementarity .. that is how it works in Europe for these consortiums..
     
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    @The SC
    What do you think modifying the Grom to be a satelitte launcher? By increasing fuel, decreasing payload, and maybe adding a booster motor for flight.

    Japan's SS-520 is a modified sounding rocket that launched a 3kg payload into space while only being
    • Gross mass: 2,600 kg (5,700 lb)
    • Height: 9.70 m (31.80 ft)
    • Diameter: 0.52 m (1.70 ft)
    • Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi)
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    Missile length ~ 7.2 m
    Missile diameter ~ 0.95 m
    Fin span ?
    Missile launch weight ?
    Warhead weight ~ 480 kg
    Warhead type Conventional
    Range of fire 280 - 500 km

    Take out the warhead and install a small satelitte (2-3 kg) would give much more fuel capacity.


    Even if the payload is bad, this would make an Arab country the 11th country in the world to launch an indigenous rocket.
     
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    Not the GROM-2 as far as I know, there is a Ukrainian satellite launcher missile that KSA showed interest in..
     
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    Ik but just think about it. They can be useful a
    Still it would be a good project because the need for launching smaller satelittes will be cheaper with smaller carrier rockets. I always thought a modified Scud missile could work.

    @Wilhelm II
    Agree? The payload won't be high but this could be launcher for Arab space agency if it stays formed.
     
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  9. The SC

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    The Drom-2 has its own purpose.. which is to be an predictable trajectory ballistic missile.. but I recon ..other variants might be developed to send small satellites if need be..
     
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    Eng. Abdullah Al-Amri, Chief Executive Officer of Middle East Aircraft Engine Company, is inspecting the aircraft engine test platforms, which will begin testing F-110-129 engines for F-15 aircraft as a first stage in October 2019.
    A great qualitative leap and we aspire to make a complete engine, God willing.

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    Saudi Industrial Fund signs a financing agreement with Saudi Arabia's Alternative Energy Source Company to set up a factory for the production of solar energy panels in Saudi Arabia. The plant will start production by the end of the current year 2019.

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    It is quite possible as KSA does maintenance for the F-16s of the region..
     
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    Yes, but who will be the customers? I could see F-16Vs being made but that is it...
     
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    Nothing less than the V, for sure..
     
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    Maybe for Saudi Arabia and allies but I don't see large scale orders like during the 1980-2000 period for example. Saudi Arabia could gain a lot of knowledge from it though I admit.
     
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