Saqr-1

Operator: Saudi Arabia
Status: Under development
Number: Unknown
Cost: Unknown
Acquired: 2017
General Specs
Country of origin: Saudi Arabia
Role: Medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) armed reconnaissance
Manufacturer: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
Introduced: 2017
Launch and recovery: Conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)
Power plant: Rotax 914
Thrust: 95 hp
Wingspan: 59 ft (18 m)
Length: 30.2 ft (9.2 m)
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Maximum takeoff weight: 3,086.5 lbs (1,400 kg)
Fuel Capacity: Unknown
Speed: Unknown
Ceiling: 18,000-22,000 ft (5,486-6706 m)
Endurance: 24 hours
Range: 1,553 miles (2,500 km)
Operators: Unknown
Armament: 2 x hardpoints for 551.2 lbs (250 kg) of payload
Missiles: AR-1 TV guided missile
Rockets: None
Bombs: FT-9 guided bomb
Radar/Sensors: Electro-optical imagery
Infrared imagery
Countermeasures/ Defenses: None
Misc Systems: Ka-band satellite communication
Parachute recovery system
Saudi Arabia’s first domestically produced armed medium-range UAV

Sources:

  • Jeremy Binnie, “Saudi Arabia unveils armed drone,” IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, May 12, 2017.
  • @MbKS15, “VIDEO: ‘Saqr-1’ UAV Specs: Length: 9.2m, Wingspan: 18m, Max. t/o weight: 1400kg, Altitude: 18-22k ft, Load: 250kg, Range: 2500km,” Twitter, May 11, 2017.

Saudi Arabia Unveils Armed UAV

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) unveiled its Saqr 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 11 May. The KACST said the Saqr 1 UAV is equipped with a satellite communications system, has an automatic take-off and landing capability, and is made from lightweight carbon and glass fibre materials to reduce its […]