COBRA International will showcase its portfolio of design and manufacturing solutions for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) sector at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022 conference, April 25-28.
The company will be displaying a fully assembled Swiftlet tactical fixed-wing UAV with a 5.5m wingspan. The UAV was developed by the Royal Thai Air Force and National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) for a broad range of survey, monitoring and search and rescue operations. COBRA manufactured the 30kg Swiftlet composite airframe using a combination of CNC cut carbon sandwich internal structure and PVC foam sandwich skins using both high grade glass fiber and carbon fiber reinforcements.
Visitors to the COBRA stand will also see the VETAL, a twin rotor Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) drone with a composite airframe manufactured by COBRA for long-time partner HiveGround, the Thailand based developer of UAV surveying and robotics systems.
At AUVSI XPONENTIAL, COBRA will also illustrate how the company leverages innovation and expertise developed in its water sports and automotive business to enhance its product offering to the UAV sector, each demonstrating the company’s high-volume production capacity for ultra-light carbon composite structures.
Danu Chotikapanich, CEO, COBRA International, said, “We look forward to exhibiting in Orlando and expect an extremely strong turnout. COBRA will showcase its broad range of manufacturing options for the UAV market, providing large scale series production as well as supporting customers in the product development phase. The UAV sector is an area where we see significant benefits and opportunities created by a crossover of the unique lightweight construction technologies we have developed in our water sports and automotive products.”