Also known as the “Philippine Army/Obi Mapua and Partners Model 5 Type 1 UAV/RPV Assunta” , the Assunta UAV was Developed by Col. Ricardo Morales and architect Obi Mapua, a board member of the Mapua Institute of Technology in 1996-97 ,along with several other prototypes Rica (proof of concept), Ruffa, Alessandra and Claudia.
Assunta was assembled in 2002 by the Philippine Army (PA RDC) and Obi Mapua and Partners under the Self-Reliance Development Program (SRDP), using local materials (wood, aluminum, fiberglass and styrofoam) to be utilized for short range aerial reconnaisance in remote and mountainous areas in various parts of the country.
The basic UAV cost approx USD$ 6,200 and approx USD$ 24,800 with complete avionics and ground station.
The first successful joint PA-Mapua prototype named Assunta was launched in February 2002 at Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, the spy drone provides real-time comprehensive detailed images (IMINT) of terrain conditions and enemy positions.
It can support the following missions: area surveillance, route reconnaissance, environmental protection, disaster assessment, and communications enhancement.
Three more units were reportedly undergoing completion in 2002 until they were shut down by the Army after 5 years of development after reportedly favouring the Israeli – Blue Horizon UAV instead.
Cantilever high-wing monoplane.
Conventional wood semi-monocoque structure.
Non-retractable tricycle type.
Pilot + 2 Sensor Operators.
Powerplant: One 40 cc two stroke engine
Autopilot system with two GPS based preset waypoints. Onboard high resolution camera effective viewing range 610 meters (2,000 feet) mounted in fuselage belly.
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