EDGE Group entity, Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), has adopted several HT-100 multi-role unmanned performance helicopters for integration onto the vessels of one of its major export programmes.
The HT-100 is manufactured by Switzerland-based ANAVIA, in which EDGE recently purchased a 52% shareholding, and is part of the group’s strategy of building its autonomous air system capabilities to become a global leader in the highly-specialised domain. ANAVIA specialises in the design, development, and manufacturing of versatile vertical take-off & landing (VTOL) systems of up to 750 kilograms, and their associated capabilities.
Mansour AlMulla, Managing Director & CEO of EDGE Group, said: “In just over a week since we announced the acquisition of a majority shareholding in ANAVIA, we have now received the first significant international order for the HT-11. This is representative of the confidence being placed on EDGE and its partners in the development and delivery of sophisticated cross-complementary autonomous air, sea, and land solutions. This is the first of many orders we are expecting for this exceptional aircraft, underscoring the value of the innovative and symbiotic partnerships and acquisitions strategy with SMEs and industry specialists we are adopting for continued technological excellence and growth.
The HT-100 can be used for various mission profiles such as surveillance and reconnaissance, inspection, and mapping and cargo and can fly for up to six hours at a speed of 120 kmh, and has a Data link range up to 200km.
Launched in November 2019, the UAE’s EDGE is one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups, established to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defence and beyond, and to be a catalyst for change and transformation. It is dedicated to bringing breakthrough innovations, products, and services to market with greater speed and efficiency, to position the UAE as a leading global hub for future industries, and to creating clear paths within the sector for the next generation of highly-skilled talent to thrive. With a focus on the adoption of 4IR technologies, EDGE is driving the development of sovereign capabilities for global export and for the preservation of national security, working with front-line operators, international partners, and adopting advanced technologies such as autonomous capabilities, cyber-physical systems, advanced propulsion systems, robotics and smart materials. EDGE converges R&D, emerging technologies, digital transformation, and commercial market innovations with military capabilities to develop disruptive solutions tailored to the specific requirements of its customers. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, EDGE consolidates more than 25 entities into five core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Space & Cyber Technologies, Trading & Mission Support, and Homeland Security.