New Hybrid VTOL UAV for Surveillance & Defense Launched

By Mike Ball / 20 Jul 2021
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UAV Works has launched the VALAQ Patrol, a new tactical drone for surveillance and defence applications that is based around the company’s existing VALAQ 120 platform. The VALAQ 120 can transition from hovering mode to forward flight and vice versa, combining the advantages of VTOL helicopters with the long endurance and range of fixed-wing aircraft.

The VALAQ Patrol integrates the Colibri 2 surveillance payload from Nextvision, which features IR gyro-stabilised imaging and x40 zoom with a weight of just 180 grams. The system’s portable ground control station (GCS) was upgraded to integrate tactical functions specific to its use cases. The aircraft’s capabilities and fast deployment make it ideal for police, intelligence agencies and military units.

Additional features of the VALAQ Patrol include:

  • One-hour endurance
  • 30 km datalink and 4G link, with STANAG standard communications to comply with NATO specifications
  • Easy to operate with one-click commands
  • Tactical functions include take off and wait, follow me (convoy mode), go and point camera at a specific map location, follow a moving target, follow a hidden device
  • Silent operation and low primary radar footprint
  • Light weight of 4.5 kg, and small enough to be carried in the rear seat of a car
  • Deployment time of under 2 minutes

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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
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