FT-200 FH Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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September 11, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: September 11 on

The FT-200 FH, unveiled by FT Sistemas at the April 2017 LAAD Defence and Security exhibition, is a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by FT Sistemas.

The unmanned helicopter integrates a counter-rotating rotor configuration, which provides flexibility for installation of equipment, while also reducing the space required for stowage and transportation of the system. It complies with the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) certification specifications for light unmanned rotorcraft (CS-LURS).

The FT-200 FH has a rotor diameter of 2.8m and a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 80kg. It can carry a maximum payload of 50kg.

The unmanned rotorcraft can carry electro-optical / infrared (EO / IR) sensors, a laser scanner and a synthetic aperture radar (SAR). It can also be customized to accommodate additional payloads such as laser pointer, active sensors, acoustic sensors and speakers.

The state-of-the-art payload systems aboard the FT-200 FH enable efficient and reliable data collection for decision-making.

The FT-200 FH integrates FTSmartFly pilot and navigation system, as well as FTSafeFly redundant flight system, ensuring fully autonomous operation and safe landing in challenging environments.

It is also equipped with specific technologies such as FTSmartLight, FTSmartID, FTVoiceCom, FTSmartSense and FTLowNav systems to enable the operator to safely integrate the UAV into airspace, avoid obstacles and other aircraft, identify other aircraft and communicate with them. The technologies also help to manage flight control and information dissemination.

The Rockwell Collins Micro INS provides a comprehensive and precise status of the platform. The system weighs approximately 100gm and houses an internal disk-on-chip for extensive data logging. The robust design withstands shock, vibration, and high temperature and humidity.

The system employs state-of-the-art micro electromechanical sensors, including accelerometers, rate gyros, magnetometer, air data pressure sensors and a wide-area augmentation system-enabled (WASS) GPS receiver.

The easy-to-operate UAV can be deployed in just ten minutes and can be operated from a fixed location or from mobile platforms.

The FT-200 FH unmanned rotorcraft is powered by a single 16.5hp engine burning gasoline or aviation kerosene. It has a typical mission endurance of 12 hours and can fly at a maximum altitude of 12,000ft. The data link range of the UAV is 100km.

Additional information on the Rockwell Collins micro-INS can be found at: https://www.rockwellcollins.com/Data/News/2016-Cal-Yr/GS/FY16GSNR24-FTSistemas.aspx.