UAE’s Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Co LLC (ADASI) has unveiled its new Garmousha vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone at the ongoing UMEX 2020 exhibition at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The drone was unveiled by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Garmousha, which resembles a helicopter, was designed by ADASI, a subsidiary of UAE defense conglomerate EDGE, in a deal with the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces. Garmousha is claimed to be the first drone to be made in the UAE.
“Drone technology is revolutionising our world, creating a 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”, said Faisal Al Bannai, CEO and Managing Director of EDGE.
“The Garmousha drone is designed to be extremely competitive in the market and will enable us to offer our clients the accuracy required to stay on the leading edge of tomorrow. At ADASI, we are continuously adapting to meet our customers’ needs, and this product underpins our concerted efforts to identify a gap in the market, and act on it”, said Ali Al Yafei, CEO of ADASI.
The unmanned helicopter is designed to carry payloads of up to 100 kilograms with six hours of flight time and 150 kilometers range. It has a maximum speed of 140kmph and is equipped with a high-definition camera.
The drone can also be used to detect gas pipeline leaks, to survey infrastructure and for search and rescue (SAR)operations. The helicopter aims to provide flexibility, allowing militaries to save manned helicopters for critical missions, according to the company.
The delivery of the first Garmousha is expected by the end of this year.