Alpha Unmanned’s New Alpha 900 unmanned helicopters are already in service with the Greek Navy.
The sale of 5 new Alpha 900 unmanned helicopters to the Greek Navy for use on board ships introduces Alpha Unmanned’s cutting-edge new offering. The Greek Navy plans to use the Alpha 900 for maritime security and surveillance.
“The new Alpha 900 can take off vertically from a moving ship and land autonomously on a naval ship and requires little space for these two essential operations,” says a press release. “It can also fly relatively longer flight times compared to other UAVs of similar size (up to 4 hours and payloads up to 4 kg) and is built“ Stanag-compliant ”so that all critical systems are redundant. This makes it a very good technology for many navies, coast guards and / or sea-based reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and / or reconnaissance operations. “
As immigration issues become a growing problem worldwide, navies and coast guards have begun to adopt unmanned systems for maritime security and surveillance missions at an unprecedented pace.
Zacharias Sarris, CEO of Altus LSA, a provider of drone systems for the Hellenic Navy, said: “We are very excited to be introducing the Alpha 900 in Greece. There are many urgent needs and Alpha and its UAV helicopters are a great fit for many mission needs. “
Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems, said: “We are very proud to support the Hellenic Navy in their maritime security efforts in the Mediterranean and that the Alpha 900 helicopter UAV is very demanding. The confidence that the Greek Navy has shown in the A900 has already aroused great interest from other potential customers around the world and we will soon be ready to announce similar commitments with other partners. “
Unmanned helicopters: filling a gap in the market
The Alpha 900 will fill a void for smaller military UAVs for take-off and landing on naval vessels that is currently not filled, replacing larger and much more expensive UAVs for ISTAR-related missions. A complete Alpha 900 system includes:
- 2 Alpha 900 fuel-powered helicopter UAVs with optical payloads with two sensors
- 1 maritime control station to control the UAVs and payloads
- 1 antenna for transmissions and data control
Read more about Alpha Unmanned for providing drones, flight test systems and developments for flying multiple unmanned helicopters with a single operator.
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