Unmanned Helicopter Squadron Launched for Civil Applications

By Mike Ball / 08 Sep 2020
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Alpha Unmanned Systems helicopter UAV in Multiflyer

Alpha Unmanned Systems’ helicopter UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) have formed the basis for MultiFlyer, a new product from IAI that uses a synchronised squadron of unmanned helicopters to provide advanced wide-area monitoring capabilities for a variety of non-military applications, such as search and rescue, law enforcement, traffic control, and marine and agricultural monitoring.

MultiFlyer can be activated from a tablet or smartphone that serves as a single point of control for synchronised UAV capabilities including automated takeoff and landing, flight planning, mission management and more. A secure network connection allows simultaneous usage by multiple operators, and the system can be adapted to work with other drones and a wide variety of payloads.

Alpha Unmanned Systems’ helicopters were integrated with components from IAI and other companies, with a command and control system designed by Simplex and area scanning technologies provided by Sightec.

Moshe Levy, IAI EVP, commented: “IAI is a leader of trailblazing technologies with UAV experience spanning 50 years, and we are constantly seeking additional areas in which we can invest our R&D capabilities. MultiFlyer is a significant milestone in this respect and we anticipate more developments in this field.”

Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems, said: “Alpha is delighted to be the platform of choice for this world-leading initiative. Reliable and versatile platforms that can fly at least 90 to 150 minutes are essential for a variety of missions. Alpha helicopters make many more missions possible and it is an honor to support IAI.”

Shai Levy, CEO of Simplex, stated: “Simplex is proud of our collaboration with IAI to develop this system. The command and control system, known as the Flightops, is designed to enable the control of a large number of UAVs autonomously and allow the operator to focus on the mission at hand.”

Roy Shmuel, CEO of Sightec, said, “Sightec is a leading creator of AI-powered optical scanning solutions for autonomous systems. The use of our technology as part of the MultiFlyer UAV system enables the autonomous and efficient scanning of large areas of territory.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact