Finnish technology company Insta released recently its new Insta Steel Eagle drone, which is introduced for the first time at Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition, in London on September 12th -15th.
Insta Steel Eagle is new, unique and effective unmanned aerial vehicle defence solution. It is an explosive charge and a drone, a system designed for demanding conditions and use-cases. The drone allows for transporting the explosive charge by air into an ideal position above the desired target, where it can then be detonated. The explosive charge contains steel or tungsten shrapnel, and it delivers fragments across a wide area of effect, precisely striking the desired target from above.
* The explosive effect from above can be freely adjusted according to the altitude of the drone, burst opening angle 90 degrees
* Over 3000 projectiles, impacting radius ca. 2000 m2 area
* Weight of the charge ca. 3,6 kg, drone flight range ca. 6 km
Complies with Ottawa and Geneva Conventions
”This unique product can be utilized to support ground combat in strategically important areas, complementing other forms of kinetic effect,” explained Tuure Lehtoranta, Vice President, Sales and Customers, Defence at Insta. “The explosive effect from above can be freely chosen by adjusting the altitude of the drone. This is a significant improvement compared to the fragment effect of mortar or artillery fire. The product concept complies with all international conventions ratified by Finland, namely Ottawa and Geneva.”
Insta is a strategic partner of the Finnish Defence Forces. Insta’s defence business is focused on avionics maintenance and repair, solutions that secure pilots’ performance, command & control systems, simulators, cyber security, and system integrations for network-centric defence.
Under the guidance of the Finnish Defence Forces, Insta has been participating in NATO partnership activities for years and develops NATO interoperable technology.
“Our new Insta Steel Eagle is designed for the domestic market as well as the international defence sector market,” Lehtoranta said.
”Our extensive research efforts and strong competence enable us to create new solutions as well as help our customers to develop high-capability defence technologies.”
Nordic Drones Oy is responsible for the easy-to-operate drone system that offers a customizable load carrying capacity. The development of the explosive charge has been carried out by Leijona Instituutti Oy, which is part of Insta’s Defence business. Oy Forcit Ab is responsible for the production of the charge.
Insta Steel Eagle belongs to the same product family with the Insta Steel Lynx take-off canister, introduced a few years ago under a different name. The development of Steel Lynx is nearly finished and the product is scheduled to be ready for the market by the end of 2023.
NATO Business Opportunity
The changed security environment creates new opportunities for Insta, which for years has focused on developing the production, technology, and competence for critical defence and security industry sectors as well as on supporting the related security of supply.
Finland’s NATO membership boosts international defence collaboration which is great for the Finnish industry as well as European security. For example, Insta will have a strong role in servicing the avionics of the future Finnish F-35 fighter fleet. The company has also signed a contract with Lockheed Martin on the implementation of a military data filtering solution.
”Finland has diverse, advanced expertise that can be utilized when strengthening and further developing international defence collaboration,” Lehtoranta assured.
Read more on Insta’s Lockheed-Martin co-operation (by Insta)