TITRA, a Turkish engineering company, together with UAVOS, a developer of UAS products, has completed the first successful flight of a new unmanned helicopter, which will be used in Turkish cargo delivery, rescue and security industries.
The converted Alpin UAV, which is based on the manned Heli-Sport Italian CH7 helicopter completed the flight over Turkey and is an important step in the vehicles entry onto the Turkish market.
The joint project of TITRA and UAVOS companies was signed in 2019 as a part of the conversion program of manned aircraft into UAV and addresses the growing market of UAV cargo delivery.
The programme outlines the conversion of the manned CH7 helicopter into UAV as well as maintenance and training programs.
The Alpin UAS is designed to meet the specific, unique and advanced requirements of Turkey with its special security industry interests to operate the unmanned system in a variety of complex scenarios in both civilian and security fields. The converted helicopter is designed to be indispensable for the UAV logistic industry to deliver cargo to hard-to-reach areas without airfields.
The Alpin UAS is a long range, heavy lift unmanned helicopter capable of carrying up to 160 kg within a range of up to 840 km. The UAS includes a wideband satellite communication channel from its command and control station-a valuable feature, particularly for operations in remote areas.
The Alpin unmanned helicopter is able to withstand severe weather conditions, carry multiple payloads, and transmit real-time information to the forces and decision-makers in the field.
The Alpin’s system autopilot has features and advantages such as fully autonomous take-off and landing, remote Ground Controls network capability, autorotation landing capability and high efficiency flight control, based on TECS (Total Energy Control System).
Selman Dönmez, TITRA’s CEO, said“Designing a long range UAV Helicopter from scratch with a new platform takes long years to complete. From the beginning our goal was to convert a well-known reliable helicopter platform to unmanned system.”
Aliaksei Stratsilatau, CEO and Lead Developer at UAVOS, stated: “With COVID-19 the demand for UAV cargo, crucial to the delivery of medical supplies, medicines, food, and other necessary equipment, is on the rise.”