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DSA 2022: Malaysian-made electric UAV goes on display

28th March 2022 - 13:51 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The fully electric Helang VTOL UAV was on show at DSA 2022. (Photo: Matty Todhunter)

The Helang UAV is a fully electric VTOL platform with a two-person ground control station.

Malaysian company Mindmatics showcased its Helang UAV during the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2022 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

A working concept of Helang is already being operated by Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) for border surveillance missions.

The UAV is a fully electric VTOL platform powered by a 50.4V solid-state lithium-ion battery. It operates with a two-person ground control station; Helang can also send data back to Mindmatic's Prima command centre.

Helang is 3.5m in length with a 1.9m wingspan and an MTOW of 22kg. It is capable of carrying a 1.18kg payload (an EO/IR 30x optical zoom camera and thermal imager, according to company literature distributed at DSA).

The UAV has a top speed of 110km/h, mission endurance of 4h and an operational radius of up to 150km if upgraded.

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