Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Origin: South Africa
Parent System: Seeker 400
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2014
Maiden Flight: 2012
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Seeker 400 is an extended range tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (TUAV) derived from the Seeker II air vehicle developed and funded by Denel Dynamics. The program was launched as an upgrade to the Seeker product line but evolved into a larger new aircraft. It uses the Seeker II architectural design but it is a totally new aircraft. The Seeker 400 is due to make its maiden flight in the first quarter of 2012 with entry into service expected by the end of 2012 or early 2013. There is already a launch customer for the Seeker 400 who operated the Seeker I tactical UAV in the early 1990s. Two other countries which currently operate the Seeker II are also interested in the Seeker 400 because the new aircraft can be controlled by simply using their existing Seeker II control stations.
The Seeker 400 is much larger and much more capable than the Seeker II and provides a variety of operational options. It is deployable in most conditions, including taking off from an unprepared piece of land. It can stay in the air for 16 hours and can simultaneously operate two payloads. Currently, it has a range of 250 km, because it uses only line-of-sight communications, but it could be upgraded to use satellite communications, which would allow it to operate at much greater ranges. With the use of the existing tactical ground station (TGS), the range may be extended to 750 kilometers. Besides, the Seeker 400 could be weaponized with the addition of two Mokopa anti-tank missiles under each wing.
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