Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

Flying south [AAD141]

17 September 2014

Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS), Pakistan’s largest state-owned manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, is a first-time exhibitor here, as part of a determined effort to break into the international market in general and targeting the African continent in particular.

GIDS (Hangar 1, Stand B13) has been developing UAVs for more than a decade and its medium-endurance tactical systems, Shahpar and Uqab, are in operation with the Pakistan Armed Forces. Also being promoted are its short-range, hand/catapult-launched Scout and Sentry surveillance systems, which are compact enough to be carried in a soldier’s backpack and can be made operational within 10 minutes. All can be employed on real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, monitoring, disaster management, mapping and mission planning, in all weather conditions, day and night.

Shahpar, with a wingspan of 6.6m and length of 4.2m, is a canard pusher configured UAV system with autonomous wheeled take-off and landing.

It has a maximum altitude of some 5,000m, speed of 150km/h and an endurance greater than seven hours. Uqab is of similar size with pusher engine and twin booms. It can undertake preprogrammed missions or be controlled from a truck-mounted ground control station. Maximum speed is 150km/h, ceiling 3,000m, range 150km and endurance six hours. Tracking and navigation are GPS-based.

Shahpar and Uqab are equipped with GIDS’ latest Zumr 1-EP advanced airborne imaging equipment payload, which houses a multisensor suite capable of providing EO/IR geo-referenced images to battlefield commanders for surveillance and reconnaissance. The sensor suite comprises a thermal imager, Erica-Plus, low-light/near-infrared TV, onboard image processing to cut through haze and fog, and an eyesafe laser rangefinder reaching up to 20km.

GIDS also offers a range of other defence products and systems for air, land and sea, and for the NBC, security and industrial sectors.

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