EDGE has unveiled swarming drones, its latest application for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), on the first day of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX 2022), taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) 21- 23 February.
Participating as the event’s official Strategic Partner in its second appearance at UMEX, EDGE showcased its swarming drones, which are based on the Hunter 2 series of UAS developed by HALCON, a regional leader in the production and supply of precision-guided weapons and UAS.
Designed to ensure a decisive edge in combat, the ground-launched drones fly in formation to perform a coordinated mission that can overwhelm an adversary.
Leveraging advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, the tactical drones share information with one another to track and maintain their relative positions, and to effectively engage targets. With a maximum take-off weight of 8kg, the swarm of drones is agile and responsive while being directed to its target.
The drones are equipped to operate at cruising speeds that support mission success, with a significant communications range and healthy flight endurance. The winged UAS can be deployed quickly, featuring a wingspan of 1.44m and a length of 1.25m.
Commenting on the addition of swarming drones to HALCON’s catalogue of UAS, CEO Saeed Al Mansoori said, “We see AI playing a critical role in the advancement of the defense sector and beyond, and EDGE and HALCON are determined to remain at the cutting-edge of these developments that are shaping our sector and the wider world, from our base in the UAE. The level of autonomy afforded by these swarming drones is a significant achievement for us, and we are committed to fast-tracking R&D investments in these domains to bring related products to market with speed in the areas of autonomous systems and smart munitions.”