A significant revelation was made by well-known blogger AegeanHawk. According to the reputable Blogger and military analyst, the Hellenic Air Force has begun operating flights with the Greek-made Pegasus II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the wider Chios area.
According to AegeanHawk, the Hellenic air force UAV took off from Chios National Airport and flew over the straits of Chios. The aircraft carried out a surveillance mission covering the island of Oinoussai and the adjacent islands providing an overview of the situation on the country’s eastern maritime border.
It is the first flight of the aircraft in the region, marking the start of a new policy to address the country’s security problems by breaking the “monopoly” of Turkish aircraft that have been violating the boundary in the Eastern Aegean for many months.
With the launch of PEGASUS II operations in Chios, Greece is gaining “eyes” across the horizon in the Aegean Sea, allowing Athens to see what is happening on the Turkish coast and beyond in real time.
The Greek UAV MALE PEGASUS II is a 4.3 meter long information gathering and surveillance aircraft, with a 6.22m wingspan and a total weight including 250kg fuel and sensors.
The Greek UAV is made from synthetic materials. Its fuselage has a trapezoidal cross section allowing for image acquisition and transfer systems as well as more and bulkier sensors than its predecessor PEGASUS I.
The endurance of PIGASOS II reaches about 8-12 hours depending on the type of mission and the load it carries, its range is 180 km, its cruising speed is about 120 km / h, and its maximum speed is 185 km / hour.
PEGASUS II can carry a payload of 40kg sensors which includes a fully stabilized electrical/infrared image sensor of foreign origin, and has the capability of transmitting the image in real-time to the Ground Control Station.
In addition, the aircraft has two gyroscopes, a GPS system, an INS inertial guidance system, an IFF recognition system, and an unndefinable type of Electronic Warfare system.
Another important parameter of “PEGASUS II” is the ability to increase the operational range of the aircraft by applying the principle of transmitting orders from the Ground Control Station to a remote aerial located beyond the horizon by utilizing another aerial located between it. Station and a second aircraft which acts as a transponder.
This allows operators of the Ground Control Station to capture long-distance images safely and diffuse them into the C4I system of the Hellenic Air Force in real-time. The HAF has a total of 4 integrated systems consisting of the Ground Control Station and four aircraft each.
It is estimated that this operation will be the start of a systematic and extensive deployment of these aircraft in the Eastern Aegean, allowing the Greek Armed Forces and the Greek government to have a clearer and up-to-date picture of the situation on the country’s eastern maritime border. The UAVs will start operating from Lesvos, Samos, and Kos.