EDGEone of the world’s leading defense and advanced technology groups, announced its first major order for UAE Armed Forces for the locally manufactured REACH-S fixed-wing UAV. Announced in the Dubai AirshowThe supply order for 100 REACH-S is the first of its kind for fixed-wing drones manufactured in the UAE.
“Advanced Concepts”, a business unit within EDGE dedicated to the design and development of innovative technologies, is currently developing REACH-S in line with end-user requirements. ADASI, an EDGE entity that designs and develops autonomous systems, will oversee production and hand over the contract to the UAE Armed Forces.
Saeed Al Mansoori, Senior Vice President of Advanced Conceptssaying,
“The development of the REACH-S, one of the first locally manufactured Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), marks an important milestone for EDGE. Thanks to the dedicated team at Advanced Concepts, we have successfully completed two flight tests and a weapons launch campaign for REACH-S, and are currently preparing for a long-duration flight test.”
Juma Al Kaabi, Executive Director of ADASI, aggregate.
“This important order demonstrates our growing expertise in the aerospace sector and our continued investment in autonomous systems that meet the requirements of the UAE Armed Forces. Collaborating with Advanced Concepts to deliver this solution also exemplifies how synergies between entities within the EDGE Group lead to optimized benefits for the end user.”
REACH-S will provide the UAE Armed Forces with a cost-effective round-the-clock intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. The aircraft features autonomous takeoff and landing, a bottom mount for an electro-optical sensor, and the ability to fly up to 200 kilometers away from the ground control station, making it ideal for border security and long-range operations. .
News source: Emirates News Agency