IAI - Eagle B-Hunter UAV

On December 10th, 1998 the Council of Ministers approved the acquisition of three B-Hunter UAV-systems, each consisting of 6 aircraft and two ground control stations. The three systems were build by the Eagle consortium (Sonaca, Thales and IAI/Malat) and are used for aerial surveillance & reconnaissance missions in operations (Tuzla, Federal Republic of Congo) as well as for nation support (environmental support and Industrial disasters). For the environmental support missions the B-Hunters are often deployed to Koksijde airbase. These sophisticated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) replace the first generation MBLE "Epervier" drones which were struck of charge at the end of September 1999. All aircraft are operational with the 80 UAV squadron at first based at Elsenborn in the Eastern part of Belgium but now transferred to Florenns airbase.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

271

BH271

Jul 2002

June 2010

271, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV, destroyed in failed parahute landing at De Moeren on 16 June 2010.

272

BH272

Jul 2002

Active

272, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

273

BH273

Jul 2002

Active

273, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UA

274

BH274

Jul 2002

Active

274, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

(275)

BH275

-

-

Crashed during test phase in Israel on 30 Aug 2000

276

BH276

Jul 2002

Active

276, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

277

BH277

Jul 2002

Oct 2006

277, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV, crashed after take-off at Kinshasa (DRC) on 3 Oct 2006

278

BH278

Dec 2002

Active

278, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

279

BH279

Dec 2002

May 2006

279, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV, crashed on landing at Elsenborn on 5 May 2006

280

BH280

Sep 2002

Active

280, 80 Bie UAV, 80Sqn UAV

281

BH281

Feb 2004

Active

281, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

282

BH282

Sep 2002

Jun 2007

282, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV, written off at Elsenborn on 05 Jun 2007.

283

BH283

Dec 2002

Active

283, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

284

BH284

Sep 2002

Active

284, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

285

BH285

Dec 2002

Jul 2006

285, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV, written off at Kinshasa (DRC) on 27 Jul 2006

286

BH286

Sep 2002

Active

286, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

287

BH287

Sep 2002

Active

287, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

288

BH288

Sep 2002

Active

288, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

289

BH289

Dec 2002

Active

289, 80 Bie UAV, 80 Sqn UAV

 

 MBLE - Epervier

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

D07

-

-

-

D07, preserved at briefing room 80th UAV Squadron at Florennes

D11

D5-011

-

Sep 1999

D11, "Eglantine", preserved at Elsenborn (80 Sqn UAV), Schweizerisches Militärmuseum in Full-Reuenthal near Basel (CH)

D23

D5-023

-

Jun 1998

D23, preserved AieSch-Eaie - 6A (Army) at Brasschaat

D37

D5-037

-

May 1999

D37, 1PI Drones SCB, 80A Bie OS, Preserved at the Royal Military Academy, Brussels

D41

D5-041

-

Mar 1999

D41, 1PI Drones SCB, 80A Bie OS, gate guardian Alsenborn

 

Northrop KD2R Shelduck

    In May 1954 a special detachment called the "Radio Controlled Targets" was created within the Ground-Air Artillery School of the Belgian Army at Lombardsijde. This unit was responsible for operating an unspecified number of Northrop KD2R Shelduck target towing drones acquired for the School. Rail launched from the seashore these drones were pulling target-banners along the coastline onto which different types of artillery hardware were used. At the end of each flight the drones descended on a parachute into the sea and could be recuperated for a new mission. 

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