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UAVOS Tests New Heavy-Lift Unmanned Helicopter

Published: 15 Dec 2020 by

UAVOS heavy-lift helicopter UAV

UAVOS has performed the first successful flight of the Alpin UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), an unmanned helicopter developed in conjunction with Turkish engineering firm TITRA. The Alpin is a heavy-lift long-range platform developed to meet the specific needs of the Turkish security and rescue industries, and is a conversion of the manned Heli-Sport CH7 helicopter.

Designed to be operated in a variety of complex environments in both civilian and security applications, the Alpin UAV is capable of carrying up to 160 kg, with a range of up to 840 km. Its ground control station includes a wideband satellite communication channel, making it ideal for cargo delivery operations in remote areas.

The Alpin unmanned helicopter is able to withstand severe weather conditions, carry multiple payloads, and transmit real-time information to commanders and decision-makers in the field. The system’s autopilot provides fully autonomous take-off and landing, an emergency autorotation landing capability, and high-efficiency flight control based on TECS (Total Energy Control System) technology.

Selman Dönmez, CEO of TITRA, commented: “Designing a long range UAV helicopter from scratch with a new platform takes years to complete. From the beginning our goal was to convert a well-known reliable helicopter platform to an unmanned system. Together with our partners at UAVOS, we have accomplished our target in a very short time. I congratulate my team and friends at UAVOS for this incredible product. Our joint efforts and partnership with UAVOS for the creation of Alpin have focused on growth and shared opportunities and we believe it will make a strong, long-term impact in our sector.”

Aliaksei Stratsilatau, CEO and Lead Developer at UAVOS, said: “With COVID-19, the demand for UAV cargo, crucial to the delivery of medical supplies, medicines, food, and other necessary equipment, is on the rise. I would like to thank our partners at TITRA in Turkey for their trust in UAVOS. These technical capabilities and the proven track record in partnering with a strong company such as TITRA enables UAVOS to manage its conversion of manned aircraft into UAV programs as a solid, forward-looking business.”

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