Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili inspected on Tuesday unmanned aerial systems. The new unmanned system is unique and has been tested in difficult weather conditions, the Georgian Defense Ministry said.
It consists of an aircraft and the ground segment. Flight control is performed using the software. The air unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine, and takeoff is made by means of a pneumatic catapult.
Unmanned aerial apparatus is a complex system, equipped with modern technology. It is used in difficult field conditions, as well as for border patrol, reconnaissance, surveillance, aerial photography, geophysical methods of exploration, monitoring of disaster areas, ensuring the Coast Guard, check of the radiation level, day and night reconnaissance, target definition, radio exploration, assessment of damage and casualties on the battlefield.
According to the Georgian Defense Ministry, the UAV flight time is 8 hours, height – 100 – 3,000 meters, speed is 60-160 km per hour. Useful load is two-part video platforms, camera, thermal camera, infrared camera.
When UAV is lowered parachute opens automatically, and airbag opens the to prevent injury. The system is used in any weather.
President Saakashvili said after familiarization with the system that this is the first such high-tech apparatus and in the future Georgia will produce much more sophisticated devices and military equipment. “We have a good team that will develop their skills and knowledge,” he said.
Saakashvili said that if previously when buying UAVs problems arose, now all in the past, as the unit is fully produced by the Georgian specialists.