IDS Huma

     Notes: The Huma I is a reconnaissance and surveillance drone designed for use by ground forces for medium-length missions.  An interesting feature of the Huma I is the use of composite radar-absorbing materials and radar-absorbing paint in its construction.  To simulate this in game terms, reduce the chance of detection by radar by one level (average becomes difficult, etc.).  The Huma I and II have been flying with the Pakistani Army since 2003.

     The Huma I has reasonable performance for a tactical UAV, and operates with partial autonomous guidance Ė the normal operation is autonomous by waypoint (measured by compass headings and measurement of the travel time).  Any evasive movements or changes to its course have to be done by the operator.  The operator can usually do nothing to dodge hostile action; the controls arenít designed for that, and it takes a very skilled operator to manage tactical maneuvers.  Any competent operator, on the other hand, can break the Huma Iís flight course to take a better look at something interesting.

     The Huma I is normal used at the brigade-level and above Ė itís launch is by rail on a medium truck and is boosted by rocket, resulting in a spectacular display at launch. The rocket falls away when the Huma has reached its minimum speed for flight, which takes a little over a second. Recovery occurs when the Huma I is at the end of its battery life Ė the Huma I pops a parachute and the UAV descends to the ground, nose down. The Huma I is designed to fall apart to an extent; only high wind landings will normally damage the Huma I beyond repair.  Otherwise, the parts are put together again and the battery charged; at this point, the Huma I is ready for another mission.  Charging normally takes 45 minutes to an hour and a half depending upon the source of charging used.

     The Huma II is a larger version of the Huma I, able to carry more sensors, larger and heavier equipment, or more complicated sensors.  Itís performance is otherwise similar to the Huma I for game purposes.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Ground Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Huma I

$28,740

Battery

20 kg

130 kg

1-2

2

Image Intensification, Passive IR

Huma II

$29,671

Battery

25 kg

163 kg

1-2

2

Image Intensification, Passive IR

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

Huma I

360

90/18

NA  51  4/2  40/20

N/A

6 Hours Flight Time

3027

Huma II

360

90/23

NA  51  4/2  40/20

N/A

6 Hours Flight Time

3027

 

Vehicle

Guidance/Control

Sensors/Equipment

Armament

Takeoff/Landing

Huma I

Ground Control (Range 100km) or Semi-Autonomous

CCD TV Camera, 2xPassive IR Cameras, Gyrocompass

None

Rocket/Parachute

Huma II

Ground Control (Range 100km) or Semi-Autonomous

CCD TV Camera, 2xPassive IR Cameras, GPS, Radio Detector

None

Rocket/Parachute

 

IDS Uqab

     Notes: The Uqab I is a small-form tactical UAV system designed to provide reconnaissance at the company level and above.  Like many such UAVs, it looks like an RC aircraft, if a bit large.  Takeoff and landing is as a rough-field aircraft Ė it has non-retractable wheels.  The Uqab I is designed primarily for battlefield reconnaissance, as well as to spot for artillery.  The main camera has a battlesight reticle to assist in precise artillery coordinates.  As the Uqab is very quiet, the enemy forces very well may not notice they are being observed.  The Uqab I is also designed for civilian use, useful for fire spotting, damage assessments, mob control, and search and rescue.  Like most such UAVs, it normally navigates via pre-programmed waypoints and by duration and direction of travel, but it can also navigate via GPS and up to 1000 waypoints can be defined.  The Uqab can be programmed to automatically return to its start point if damaged or has an equipment fault, and while in flight, the operator can take direct control of the Uqab, or reprogram it to loiter over a target or otherwise go into a holding pattern.  Another feature is that if the operator desires, he can land the Uqab by remote control at any time, or order the Uqab to pop a parachute at any time and land that way.  The Uqab normally records the data from its CCD TV automatically for the entire flight duration, but this can be programmed to record only certain points of its journey.  Recording is to a 2.5-inch ruggedized hard drive with data encryption.

     The Uqab II is designed for strategic reconnaissance at Brigade-level and above.  Its primary difference is that it is a larger UAV with more carrying capability, range, and speed.  In addition, if the Uqab II goes down, is damaged, or has a fault, it automatically broadcasts its position to its ground station.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Ground Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Uqab I

$50,766

Battery

10 kg

158 kg

1-2

*

Image Intensification, Passive IR

Uqab II

$53,916

Battery

25 kg

163 kg

1-2

2

Image Intensification, Passive IR

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Mnvr/Acc Agl/Turn

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Ceiling

Uqab I

240

60/9

NA  48  4/2  40/20

N/A

3 Hours Flight Time

3048

Uqab II

300

75/15

NA  60  4/2  40/30

N/A

6 Hours Flight Time

3048

 

Vehicle

Guidance/Control

Sensors/Equipment

Armament

Takeoff/Landing

Uqab I

Ground Control (Range 100km) or Semi-Autonomous

Gimbaled CCD TV Camera, 2xPassive IR Cameras, GPS, Digital Recording (3h)

None

12m/4d6 Unimproved

Uqab II

Ground Control (Range 150km) or Semi-Autonomous

CCD TV Camera, 2xPassive IR Cameras, GPS, Passive Radio Detector, Passive Radar Detector, Digital Recording

None

15m/4d10 Unimproved