Mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

Strix-DF is a mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system developed and produced by Alpi Aviation to support tactical and special operations forces.
Strix-DF provides aerial surveillance and intelligence data in urban environments during all light conditions.

Strix-DF features flying wing sweepback configuration. It consists of five main components made of composite materials, carbon, kevlar and glass fibers in an epoxy matrix. The aircraft has extremely low noise signature and can be carried in a compact light weight backpack.

Strix-DF can be deployed within eight minutes and can execute missions during day and night conditions. It can be controlled by a single operator (but two operators is a standard configuration) and can be launched by a bungee catapult. It performs autonomous take-off and landing.

The maximum take-off weight of the UAV is 10 kg.

Strix-DF features aerodynamic wings with a wing span of 3 m. The wings are attached with winglets to provide increased flight performance. The fuselage contains video/telemetry link and landing/emergency parachute in the center right compartment. A nose piece in polyurethane foam protects the fuselage nose.
Two lithium polymer battery packs, which provide power supply for the engine and onboard avionics, are installed in the two dedicated compartments under the wing.

Strix-DF can carry a maximum payload weight of 1.5 kg. It is equipped with 3 different fully stabilized, interchangeable payloads to provide enhanced situational awareness during both day and night flight operations.

The payload features 30x EO optical zoom camera that generates HD standard video and imagery, at the same time it features a x4 digital zoom IR camera to capture high resolution thermal infrared imagery and video. Additionally, inside the payloads are installed an infrared laser spotter and a laser range finder.

The avionics onboard Strix-DF are housed in the center of the front compartment of the fuselage. The avionics include a autopilot with an embedded GPS system and an inertial measurement unit (IMU), and sensors.

A ground control station provides flight mission planning, data acquisition, telemetry data and video signals using a ground tracking data terminal. Power supply for the ground station is provided either by lithium polymer rechargeable batteries or by the external power supplies.

The ground station can be organized in a simple tactical version for easy transportation and/or a stationery configuration that also includes two big touch screens to manage the system by two dedicated operators (mission and payload).

The ground station human control interface consists of Core UAV Control Station (CUCS), which acts as the flight control interface, mission planner and payload management. It is also installed with a Control Data Terminal (CDT) to transmit and receive telemetry data and video signals between the aircraft and the CUCS.

The mission management software installed in the CUCS ha a single window and permits easy mission managements with touch screen commands for UAV state changes and for gimbal control.


UAV Designed and manufactured in Italy
Software designed by our Advanced Research Division
Product Military Certified
NATO Standard – STANAG 4603
Portable by a single user
10 minutes deployment time
Automatic take-off
Automatic landing
Inaudible noise
Different Gimbal type available
Two data link, primary and slave for backup
Wide range of user customization
User training available c/o Alpi Aviation Head Quarter+
Surveillance, border patrolling, untelligencee, unspections, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions and secret operations
3 aerial vehicles
3 different Gimbal
Double ground station
Double ground support equipment kit
Double maintenance kit
Back pack storage (standard)
Stationary GCS version with double touch screen 22″ (available as optional)
User manual
Maintenance manual
Check list
Illustrated part catalog
System Composition UAV, GCS/PCS
Payload CCD Camera, Laser range finder, Laser IR spotter, Thermal Camera
Take-offmass 10 Kg
UAV dimension 3,000 mm
Engine type Battery type
Power 2 kW
Endurance 4 hours
Operational radium 300 km
Ceiling 2600 ft AGL – 14.700 ft ASL
Cruising altitude Up to 2600 ft AGL or 14.700 ft ASL
Cruising velocity 60/100 km/h
Maximum flight speed 100 km/h
Deployment time 8-10 minutes
Withdrawal time 8-10 minutes
Launch Catapult, Auto take-off
Recovery Belly landing and parachute landing
Type of antenna Directional 900 MHz/2400
Range 40 km (extended up to 50 km)
Data Security System Crypted – AES128
Navigation system INS/GPS
Other function – Fire correction System
– Target Destruction Analysis System
– Target identification NATO
Standard APP-6(B)
– Target classification
– Target size detection
– Target position detection
– Image filtering (to improve identification and classification)
– Geopositioning
– Video streaming H.264 STANAG 4609
– HD stills STANAG 4545
– Other available based on user customization
Storage temperature -25°C +60°C
Operation temperature -25°C +55°C
Maximum wind speed 12 m/s