SOFEX 2016

A family of UAVs [SOFEX16D1]

10 May 2016

KADDB has developed a number of UAVs for surveillance duties, and is exhibiting three of its latest vehicles here at SOFEX. Known as Fixed-wing UAV II (below, right), the largest of the three is a short-range autonomous system with wheeled undercarriage. It can be powered by either an electric motor for a low acoustic signature, or by a gasoline engine, giving a longer endurance. It weighs 20kg and has a 3m wing span.

A complete system comprises the air vehicle, stabilised turreted surveillance payload with dual-sensor capability, data downlink and a ground control station. KADDB has designed the system to be easy to use and quick to deploy. Endurance in the electric version is 40 minutes, and operational radius is 3km.

Mini UAS is a portable, hand-launched fixed-wing vehicle developed by KADDB in conjunction with Turkey’s Aselsan as part of the Aselsan Middle East joint venture, which specialises in electronics and electro-optics. The Mini UAS has a 120-minute endurance, operational radius of 15km and a launch weight of less than 8kg. The modular design allows different payloads, such as day or night sensors, to be rapidly swapped in the field.

KADDB has also developed a hexa-rotor vertical takeoff UAV for rapid deployment and close-range reconnaissance needs (above).

Measuring 1.25m in diameter and weighing 6kg, the hexa-rotor can carry a 1.5kg payload to an altitude of 1,000m. Its electric motor provides a 30-minute endurance at an effective radius of up to 3km. The hexa-rotor can carry reconnaissance sensors or could be used for other roles such as the delivery of urgent supplies or medical kits.

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