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IA-12 Stark UAV

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.

Typical Missions

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

Homeland Security:

  • Local area survey support
  • Disaster assessment (earthquake effects, landslides)
  • Law enforcement (police operations, illegal activity counteraction, surveillance of large events)
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Easy-swap payload bay
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Retractable landing gear
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Only a single operator required for deployment and operations
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Ground mission planning and full autonomous flight with the capability
to manually intervene at any time
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Encrypted digital link for telemetry data and control
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Onboard/ground recording of data

IA-12 Stark technical drawing

Platform Maximum Take-off Weight 12.0 kg
  Empty Weight 8.5 kg
  Payload Weight (max) 3.5 kg
  Flight Time (max) 120 min
  Climb Rate +/- 8 m/s in AP mode
  Maximum Horizontal Speed 100 km/h
Dimensions Fuselage Length 1500 mm
  Main Rotor Diameter 1600 mm
  Height 740 mm
Weather Temperature -10°C / +45°C
  Wind Tolerance 14 kt steady, 20 kt gusts
  Humidity up to 95%
Operability Flight Radius Up to 20 km LoS
  Ceiling Altitude 2500 m
  Maximum T/O Altitude 2000 m

These technical specifications may be subject to change without prior notice