Earlier this year, CybAero unveiled a new family of rotary-wing UAVs. The APID One family employs a common air vehicle that is tailored to meet the needs of different sectors.
APID One is the latest in a series of vertical take-off UAVs developed by CybAero, which as a company grew out of collaborative research programmes undertaken from 1992 by Linköping University in conjunction with the Swedish defence research agency (FOI).
APID One Ranger is aimed primarily at the commercial market for tasks such as power/water/oil line inspection, environmental monitoring and mapping. For duties such as missing person searches and disaster control, the company has developed the APID One Rescue variant.
Here at DSEI, CybAero (Stand N2-315) is showing the most advanced member of the family, the APID One Defence. With a take-off weight of 220kg, the Defence is fitted with satellite communications and an electro-optical/infrared turret as standard.
There are numerous sensor/system options, including SAR radar, LIDAR and AIS (automatic identification system), and also the ability to undertake the antisubmarine warfare mission with sonobuoys.
A maritime operations option is available, with which the APID One Defence can operate autonomously from ship landing platforms in most weather conditions.
Power for the air vehicle comes from a 55hp Wankel rotary engine, giving it a top speed of 150km/h. Depending on mission, endurance is up to six hours. The engine can use petrol or Jet A1 fuel.