The South African defence, security and communications supplier, Tellumat Defence & Security which is part of the Tellumat Group, is promoting its ASTUS Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), at the IDEX international defence exhibition and conference underway in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The ASTUS is a medium-size, medium-range tactical surveillance UAS, that was launched at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition in September 2018.
“ASTUS addresses the market need for high-end UAS performance in a compact, cost-effective package, accommodating various types of payloads,” said a company official.
The new UAS has a wingspan of 5.2 metres and a maximum take-off weight of 92 kg and is suitable for lengthy day / night missions requiring real-time surveillance data collection and delivery, such as border and coastal security, environmental protection and peacekeeping missions.
It can also be used in the cost-effective training of UAS crews for beyond-line-of-sight operations of larger UASs.
The aircraft is powered by a 210-cc fuel-injected 2-stroke motor providing 8 hours of flight time at 5,000 feet above sea level.
Low latency payload control and monitoring is available via the ground control station (GCS). The modular and portable GCS can be networked to allow control of ASTUS by more than one pilot and more than one payload operator geographically who could be separated across very large mission areas.
The entire UAS system can be deployed with a minimum crew of only four; comprising a pilot, payload operator, safety pilot and an aircraft technician.
Tellumat is also promoting its families of ground-to-air and air-to-ground command and control video / data links, as well as its identification friend or foe (IFF) interrogators and transponders, together with unique-per-country national secure mode solutions.
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