TRONDHEIM, Norway (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The gasoline-powered Alpha 800, will be presented by Alpha Unmanned Systems at NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture in Trondheim, Norway, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The live field exercise Trident Juncture 18 started on 25th October 2018 and is taking place in all three domains – air, land and sea, in central and eastern Norway; the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the Swedish and Finnish airspaces and will continue till 7th November 2018 involving around 50,000 participants from NATO’s 29 member states plus Sweden and Finland.
The overall objective of the exercise is to ensure that NATO forces are trained, to test the ability personnel from NATO Allies and partner countries to operate together and their readiness to respond to any threat from any direction so that to defend the populations and territories and deter potential adversaries. Around 250 aircraft, 65 vessels (including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman) and up to 10,000 are involved.
The Alpha 800 will be involved in the enhanced logistical base demonstration as part of work to showcase future military logistics capabilities.
The Alpha 800 is a tactical 14kg gasoline powered helicopter that provides 2.5 hours of continuous flight with a 3kg payload and 30km of operating range. It is equipped with a light and strong airframe and a military-grade autopilot with high precision GPS and sensors. It is “the unmanned helicopter that does the hard work” and “simply the best in its class” as reported by Alpha Unmanned Systems. It is designed for a multitude of monitoring tasks and it is the most reliable and durable unmanned helicopter for that purpose.
The Alpha 800 does much of the same work as a manned helicopter but with far lower maintenance requirements and overall costs. It utilizes a UAV platform that flies in fully autonomous and/or manual mode, or both.
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Source: Shephard Media, Alpha Unmanned Systems