The IA-12 Stark is a mini-class rotary-wing RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft system) with a maximum take-off weight of up to 12 kg. The same carbon-fiber airframe structure can easily be configured to accommodate different configurations in accordance with specific mission requirements. It is propelled by a gasoline engine which drives both the main and the tail rotors.
The intrinsic versatility of the system allows a variety of applications to be satisfied with just a single platform, resulting in a more effective tool for professional users.
The IA-12 Stark can be used for surveillance and reconnaissance by law enforcement agencies as well as search and rescue missions in urban environments: it can quietly hover in place and use a camera to observe people and objects on the ground.
Other common uses for a mini RPAS include aerial monitoring and inspection, photogrammetry and environmental control.
The fast, accurate and streamlined collection and real-time downlink of high quality aerial imagery and digital data, together with wide image processing options and the ability to reach the most inaccessible of places make the IA-12 Stark a perfectly-integrated end-to-end solution for aerial surveying, GIS and discreet surveillance.
The IA-12 Stark's configuration is based on the classic helicopter configuration which enables a fast time-to-operations (less than 10 minutes) since it does not require a prepared site for take-off and landing. The system is typified by its compact dimensions which allow it to be carried and operated by a single operator.
The system is equipped with an autopilot (list of waypoints in 3D space), an encrypted data link for communication up to 20 km and a payload, with a variety of day and night sensors, specifically designed for the mission to be carried out.
The ground station can either be a ruggedized and transportable PC with joystick controls or a vehicle-integrated solution. Radio control command is provided as safety backup equipment.
The IA-12 Stark is equipped with control electronics, mission and navigation software and EO/IR sensors, enabling it to perform short/medium range tactical reconnaissance and surveillance.
In particular, the IA-12 Stark offers a cost effective solution for:
- Wildlife, field and vegetation monitoring
- Aerial surveys of industrial plants and facilities
- Airport navaid flight inspections
- Local area survey support
- Disaster assessment (earthquake effects, landslides)
- Law enforcement (police operations, illegal activity counteraction, surveillance of large events)