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First UAE-made VTOL drone is launched

Light military unmanned aircraft designed to carry 100kg over a six-hour period and 150km

First UAE-made VTOL drone is launched

The drone can simultaneously carry a wide variety of payloads, including a stabilised electro-optical sensor for day and night ISR collection.

The first UAE-made high-performance drone has taken flight.

ADASI, the regional leader in autonomous systems and services, officially launched the Garmousha vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone in a deal with the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces.

The drone is a light military unmanned aircraft designed to carry 100kg over a six-hour period and 150km with a high-definition camera.

It saves manned helicopters for critical missions and can also be used to detect gas pipeline leaks, to survey infrastructure and for search and rescue operations.

Faisal Al Bannai, chief executive officer and managing director, EDGE, said: “Drone technology is revolutionising our world, creating safer and cheaper alternative to manned aircraft.

“As an unmanned system, the launch of the sophisticated Garmousha drone helps advance ADASI’s vision for the future of defence, while strengthening the company’s position as the regional leader in autonomous systems and services.”

The drone can simultaneously carry a wide variety of payloads, including a stabilised electro-optical sensor for day and night ISR collection.

With a low-consumption diesel engine, its unmanned navigation and concurrent sensor capabilities make it a versatile system capable of solving some of the most difficult challenges in rugged environments.

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