Air Platforms

KACST working on unmanned helicopter

09 April 2019

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science Technologies (KACST) is testing a helicopter it has recently converted into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the company’s general director for Special Programs Affairs, Dr Khaled Alhussan, told Jane’s at the inaugural Saudi Airshow held at Al-Thumamah Airport from 12 to 14 March.

“We were going to show it here but, as we were so busy with testing, we decided to delay it,” he said. He did not identify the type of helicopter that has been converted.

KACST has already converted fixed-wing aircraft into UAVs. In July 2017, it unveiled the Al-Nawras, which is a conversion of the Slovenian-built Pipistrelle Sinus ultralight aircraft, and displayed it at the Saudi Airshow fitted with an indigenously developed electro-optical surveillance system underneath its fuselage.

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