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Riyadh – King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has unveiled in Riyadh a new strategic drone program called “Saqr 1”.

KACST President Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed stressed the highly advanced techniques used in this aircraft. He stated that Saqr 1 is equipped with a KA-satellite communication system that gives superiority and privilege to this aircraft.

It can fly for a range of more than 2,500 kilometers with the ability to carry missiles and guided bombs with laser system and launch from different heights from 500 to 6,000 km and a range of up to 10 km with an accuracy of less than 1.5 m.

The UAV is capable of flying at an average altitude of 20,000 feet and has a flight time of 24 hours.

Prince Turki also pointed out that the strategic drone program (Saqr 1) is part of the city’s initiatives for the National Transformation Program, stemming from the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to maximize local technical content.

The aircraft has undergone several trials to ensure its readiness and performance. Saqr 1 has successfully achieved a record by local and international standards for transfer and resettlement of unmanned aircraft.

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