The S4 Ehécatl

The S4 Ehécatl The S4 Ehécatl
Payload cap(kg):9.00
Max takeoff weight(kg):55.00
Max speed(km/h):167
Maker:Hydra Technologies

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The S4 Ehécatl from Mexico, produced by Hydra Technologies


The S4 Ehecatl (Aztec god of wind) UAV serves as a surveillance platform for military and law enforcement agencies. It is designed to perform surveillance and reconnaissance. The drone’s primary missions include reconnaissance and intelligence gathering, aerial support for urban operations, long- and short-range covert aerial surveillance, monitoring high-risk urban areas, searching for activity in large rural communities and remote areas, road and border surveillance, and providing strategic support in kidnapping situations.

Mexican operators of the S4 Ehécatl include the Federal Preventive Police (PFP), which is part of the Mexican Ministry of Public Security, and the Jalisco state government. The PFP deploys the S4 Ehécatl for security missions, while the Jalisco government uses the vehicle for civil protection, monitoring public works, forest fires and illegal discharges of pollutants into rivers and bodies of water.

The aircraft is powered by a conventional inclined gasoline engine that drives its nose propeller. The propulsion system allows the UAV to reach a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet.

The S4 Ehecatl UAV (Aztec god of the wind) serves as a surveillance platform for The S4 Ehecatl is equipped with a tricycle-type fixed landing gear. It can take off from high terrain at 8,000 feet above mean sea level. It has a cruising speed of 38 knots and a range of up to eight hours. It has infrared thermal sensors (FLIR) to recognise objects by capturing the infrared radiation released by them. The infrared cameras are deployed during night flights.

It also carries an electro-optical camera and a high-resolution fixed camera for imaging objects during daytime missions. The electro-optical camera offers a 26x zoom, while the digital camera can capture images with a 15x optical zoom. The IR (infrared) camera provides images with a resolution of 640 × 480 pixels. The sensor suite also integrates a 500MHz data link command centre.

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