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UAVOS & TITRA Alpin Unmanned Helicopter Successful Flight in Turkey’s Sky


The converted Alpin UAV, which is based on the manned Heli-Sport Italian CH7 helicopter, a joint project of TITRA, a Turkish engineering company, and UAVOS, a researcher, developer, and manufacturer of advanced products in the unmanned systems industry, has completed its first successful flight in the sky of the State of Turkey. The test flight has been performed in preparation of the Alpin unmanned helicopter, currently being launched on the Turkish market. The Alpin UAV was created in accordance with the needs and requirements of the Turkish Rescue & Security industries.  

Watch the Alpin unmanned helicopter in action:

The joint project of TITRA and UAVOS companies was signed in 2019 as a part of the conversion program of manned aircraft into UAV and addresses the growing market of UAV cargo delivery. The program outlines the conversion of the manned CH7 helicopter into UAV as well as maintenance and training programs. 

UAVOS designed the concept air taxi which measures 11,5 m  (37,7 ft) in length and 7,5 m (24,6 ft) in width to carry out up to 3,700 lb (1,680 kg). Its advanced airframe uses two main three-bladed rotors with a diameter of 23 ft (7 m) to achieve high efficiency. 

The Alpin UAS is designed to meet the specific, unique and advanced requirements of Turkey with its special security industry interests to operate the unmanned system in a variety of complex scenarios in both civilian and security fields. The converted helicopter is indispensable for the UAV logistic industry to deliver cargo to hard-to-reach areas without airfields.

The Alpin UAS is a long-range, heavy-lift unmanned helicopter capable of carrying up to 160 kg with a range of up to 840 km. The UAS includes a wideband satellite communication channel from its command and control station-a valuable feature, particularly for operations in remote areas. The Alpin unmanned helicopter is able to withstand severe weather conditions, carry multiple payloads, and transmit real-time information to the forces and decision-makers in the field.  

UAVOS’ ApusDuo drone, which weighs about 95 lbs (43 kg), is launched by a winch. UAV has a wingspan of 49.2 ft (15 m x 2 wings). The aircraft is built on the principle of tandem, where two of the wings are located one after another with a little elevation. ApusDuo is controlled by changing the geometry of the aircraft. It is designed to linger at an altitude of about 60,000 feet (18 km) for months at a time for surveillance or to provide a temporary boost to communications. 

The Alpin’s system autopilot has features and advantages such as fully autonomous take-off and landing, remote Ground Controls network capability, autorotation landing capability and high efficiency flight control, based on TECS (Total Energy Control System). 

Selman Dönmez, TITRA CEO said “Designing a long range UAV Helicopter from scratch with a new platform takes long years to complete. From the beginning our goal was to convert a well-known reliable helicopter platform to unmanned system. Together with our partners at UAVOS, we have accomplished our target in a very short time. I congratulate my team and friends at UAVOS for this incredible product” Mr. Dönmez continued “Our joint efforts and partnership with UAVOS for the creation of ALPİN UAS, focuses on growth and shared opportunities and we believe it will make a strong, long-term impact in our sector.”

Aliaksei Stratsilatau, CEO and Lead Developer at UAVOS, stated: “ With COVID-19 the demand for UAV cargo, crucial to the delivery of medical supplies, medicines, food, and other necessary equipment, is on the rise”. 

“I would like to thank our partners at TITRA in Turkey for their trust in UAVOS. These technical capabilities and the proven track record in partnering with a strong company such as TITRA enables UAVOS to manage its conversion manned aircraft into UAV programs as a solid, forward-looking business”, said Aliaksei.

15 December 2020

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