UAVOS Modifies VTOL UAV for Tropical Climate Operations

Published: 19 Feb 2019

UAVOS tropical operations unmanned helicopter

UAVOS has announced that it will unveil a modified version of its UVH-170E helicopter UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), adapted to fly in tropical climates, at the Aero India Show 2019 international exhibition. The modified VTOL UAV is also equipped with a modified payload for operations outside of direct radio coverage.

According to Aliaksei Stratsilatau, UAVOS Сhairman of the board and Lead developer, the helicopter can undertake a wide range of tasks for civil and law enforcement applications, including anti-terrorist operations, law enforcement and intelligence operations, search and rescue, and patrolling. The helicopter has been adapted to work in high mountain conditions, in hot and tropical climates, with sudden temperature changes.

The upgraded UVH-170E is equipped with a gyro-stabilized two-axis gimbal with integrated 30x Optical Zoom Full HD (1080/60p) daylight camera, Thermal LWIR 1024×768 cameras, Laser rangefinder 2500 m and GPU (graphics processing unit). The optoelectronic onboard device is designed to perform complex missions and is ideally suited for a wide range of applications, including exploration, observation and cartography.

The VTOL unmanned system includes the UVH-170E unmanned helicopter and its GCS (Ground Control Station). The maximum take-off weight of the helicopter is 41 kg (90.3 lb), and the fuselage length is 3285 mm (129.3 in). Operational temperature range is from -35Сº to +50Сº (-31°F to + 122°F). The unmanned helicopter has a wide speed range – from 0 km/h at the time of hovering to a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mi/h). UVH-170E is able to take off from high-altitude platforms at 2000 meters above sea level and higher, and carry a payload of 4 kg for 5 hours. The aircraft has a four-stroke gasoline engine equipped with an injector with altitude correction up to 4000 meters, a starter and a generator. The helicopter is able to fly in autorotation mode and is equipped with a ballistic parachute.

Aliaksei Stratsilatau commented: “Asia is a dynamically developing market that feels an increasing need for modern, high-quality and reliable unmanned equipment to solve a wide range of tasks. We expect that a tropical version of our modified unmanned helicopter with improved operational capabilities will be in great demand among our potential customers in the Asian region.”

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