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MADEX 2023: LIG Nex1 unveils Multi-Purpose Unmanned Helicopter

A model of the LiG Nex1 MPUH displayed at the MADEX 2023 exhibition in Busan. (Janes/Chinmay Kohad)

LIG Nex1 has displayed a model of its new Multi-Purpose Unmanned Helicopter (MPUH) at the MADEX 2023 exhibition in Busan.

The South Korean firm said the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has a length of 3.5 m and an operating range of more than 50 km. It has a maximum take-off weight of 200 kg with a payload of 60 kg.

The MPUH is fitted with an electro-optic/infrared pod and a front-facing camera for reconnaissance. It has a service ceiling of 2,500 m and a maximum speed of 140 km/h. The aircraft has an endurance of six hours.

LIG Nex1 said the small and compact design of the MPUH enables the aircraft to be launched from small landing pads. The aircraft is powered by a 60 hp engine built by Austrian firm Austro, although the specific type has not been disclosed.

The company said the MPUH is designed for missions including transport, reconnaissance, and surveillance. Janes understands that it can also be fitted with additional payloads for anti-submarine warfare missions.

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