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FT Systems Unveils New Rotary Wing UAV

Targeting Brazilian Navy and Army with the system, as well as a number of potential international customers

FT Systems has unveiled a new rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which it is initially targeting at the domestic Brazilian market.

The FT-200FH has a 100km range and 10 hours average endurance – although this can be scaled up to 200km and 12h respectively – and is distinguishable by its intermeshed wings.

There are problems that demand the sort of solution that includes high levels of autonomy and great versatility, together with greater capacity for loading sensors,” Ramiro Brasil, vice-president of defence and security at FT Sistemas, told Monch at the LAAD exhibition in Rio.

The total payload capacity is 50kg, which includes 30kg of aviation fuel. Payloads include surveillance sensors, and the UAV also has hardpoints to mount weapons.

The UAV has intermeshed rotors, which provides a greater load capacity and higher levels of autonomy: “This model has great stability because of the intermeshing rotors,” Brasil said.

The company is targeting the Brazilian Navy and Army with the system, as well as a number of potential customers in Africa, Asia and others in South America.

Brasil says that the system is smaller than similar rotary-wing UAVs such as the Camcopter, Skeldar and Apid One, although it has good load capacity for its size: “The great innovation is its capacity to load,” he said. Additionally, it is easily operated, he notes.

The UAV can be operated from a ship – specifically corvettes – and the first tests of this are planned to take place in the next few months, Brasil said.

The system has been four years in development, and the company used the LAAD exhibition in Rio to show it to debut it to the market.

Beth Stevenson



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