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Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle” UAV

Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities.

A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza said that UAV is capable of flying for 24 hours.

In 2020, two more prototypes will be produced to be used in the tests to be conducted in BPPT. The Black Eagle is reported to have a length of 8.65 m, a height of 2.6 m and a wingspan of 16 m.

In 2018, Indonesia held a tender for MALE UAV and four companies, including Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), were shortlisted. Turkey, China, France and Israel were on the list. Indonesia's Ministry of Defence had conducted a workshop on possible cooperation with Turkey regarding the UAV tender. TUSAS, that wanted to sell ANKA to this country, organized the “TUSAŞ-Indonesia Industrial Cooperation Day” event in Jakarta, Indonesia, in order to promote its products and develop cooperation.

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