High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE)

Space and Aeronautics

Project Description

As a contribution to The Kingdom's 2030 promising vision and by leveraging the its geographic position to grow the strength of the Saudi economy, The Decision Support Center has been working on studying and developing a complete platform to provide aerial surveillance of Saudi regions especially its ports, railways, roads, airports, mines, oil fields, and military and sensitive regions.

The platform uses HALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) that fly at high altitudes (more than 60,000 feet) and long ranges (more than 10 days) in order to cover the aforementioned areas on a wide scale. The data is then supplied in real-time to several data centers across the Kingdom to momentarily support Saudi decision makers and provide data on demand to interested stakeholders.

Boeing Phantom Eye is one of the best examples on HALE aircraft that can fly at altitudes that reach 65,000 feet and for durations that exceed 10 days cruising at speeds reaching 370 KM/H and carry payloads consisting of many sensors and high definition cameras that amount to 900 kilograms. It provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data and utilizes a liquid hydrogen fuel engine which outperforms gasoline, kerosene, diesel, and natural gas.

Working with our strategic partner – The Boeing Company – on such a project will transfer knowledge and technology and contribute in building national expertise in the fields of manufacturing, maintenance, research and development, which will lead to nationalizing military industries which is one of the most important goals of the 2030 vision

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