CADG Aeronautical Innovations (Stand C12-003), part of the CADG group of companies, is the specialised aviation and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) wing. It has a focus on providing ISR services and support while also owning and operating a proprietary ISR platform, Helix, which it has added to its well established capabilities and footprint across Africa and the Middle East.
The Helix ISR Platform consists of an aircraft and ground control station (GCS) to deliver a complete ISR solution. The platform utilises a single-engine ES15 as the system’s aircraft, which is equipped with the Hensoldt Argos II camera and two additional hardpoints for payload integration. Payloads are entirely customisable, with clients choosing their preferred payload options. The payload outputs are transmitted via datalink to the GCS, where the intelligence is viewed in real time.
The components of the GCS are ruggedised, allowing high mobility and rapid deployment for ISR missions.
CADG developed the Helix ISR in close collaboration with its partners ECARYS and S-PLANE. ECARYS is a subsidiary of the German sports aircraft manufacturer Stemme AG and co-operation with commercial partners, scientific establishments and various governments around the globe have fuelled the development of the ES15 and its modular capabilities. The company supplies the aircraft platform, which is then tailored for the integration of optical, radar or other intelligent sensor systems.
S-PLANE Automation (Pty) Ltd is an international company specialising in the delivery of complete certification-ready automation, simulation, communication and ground control solutions for ISR aircraft systems. Its solutions span civil and military, manned and unmanned, fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.