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The Evolution Eagle is a revolutionary covert drone that looks like a bird of prey.

Guard From Above is a Dutch company known for its innovative drone designs, and it recently revealed its latest creation- the Evolution Eagle. It is a cutting-edge covert surveillance platform that is tailored to military needs and inspired by the elegance of nature.

According to Interesting Engineering, the drone is designed to resemble a real eagle and its remote-controlled fixed-wing aircraft defies traditional drone aesthetics. It mimics the bird’s size, shape, and color, thus setting itself apart from conventional drones, providing a covert footprint crucial for military surveillance.

The Evolution Eagle has two front propellers for propulsion that eliminate the need for wing flapping – a design decision that simplifies the drone’s mechanics, extending its battery life and ensuring operational efficiency. The drone can also emulate the flight patterns of eagles and glide on thermal updrafts, similar to the natural behavior of eagles. This feature conserves battery power and allows for the temporary shutdown of motors, which is an essential feature for stealth missions.

Another significant feature of the drone is its First Person View (FPV) operation, providing a live “Eagle eye” perspective of the area of operations and allowing remote pilots to navigate and make real-time decisions.

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There’s a payload bay at the back of the drone that contains hardware like a thermal camera, mapping camera, or counter-drone system – enhancing its adaptability and utility across various mission scenarios. Other additional payloads include a daytime camera, thermal camera, C-UAS kinetic interception, and 3D mapping. This level of versatility allows military forces to customize the drone based on specific operational requirements, enhancing its effectiveness in various scenarios.

When it comes to practicality, the drone can be assembled within three minutes in a TSA-approved carry case, ensuring that end users can swiftly transport and deploy drones in critical situations, minimizing downtime and maximizing operational efficiency. It also has no need for specialized launch systems and can be launched by hand without requiring a runway.