by PRNewswire, September 22, 2022 9:00 AM
Hydra Technologies showcased its unmanned aerial systems and defense solutions at the Africa Space and Defense (AAD) 2022 at the Waterkloof Airbase venue, South Africa.
As part of this year's exhibition in South Africa, the S45 Baalam unmanned aerial system, with its weaponized version and its traditional intelligence surveillance reconnaissance and targeting solutions, is part of the Hydra offer to the defense and security market in this important region. As a novelty, Hydra is also offering synthetic aperture radar (SAR) solutions on its platforms for special operations and coastal security and naval ISR.
The S45 is a dual-engine, 70 mile or 120 km line of sight range tactical system with an operational ceiling of 17,000 feet and 12 hours of effective mission time. It is equipped with state-of-the-art gimbal camera systems that include medium wave infrared and visual spectrum high-definition sensors with up to 130X zoom. The S45 also offers multiple solutions to support ground forces through advanced on-board radio repeater systems and state of the art remote video terminals.
The S-45 Baalam is part of Hydra's reliable twin engine UAS family which include the S50 (16-hour endurance), the S55 ARES (22-hour endurance) and the G3 (STOL single engine 10-hour endurance). These systems have been deployed with success since 2016 to different military, national security, and law enforcement end users, achieving the highest indexes of reliability in the market. "Hydra unmanned I.S.R. solutions are a perfect match for requirements of capable and proven unmanned systems to the African Defense and security market," said Ivan Vazquez, Hydra Marketing Executive for Africa at AAD. "Hydra offers the African market competitive and proven world class ISTAR capabilities and also offers a complete ISR services catalogue in a contractor owned contractor operated mode for fast and proficient unmanned systems deployment, available to security forces in this important region of the world"
Hydra is also presenting new state of the art capabilities such as the HUUL-1, a loitering munition capable of deployment from the S45 and other UAS, as well as a ground-to-ground versions. Standing out is also the M40 Bluefish, an unmanned decoy drone/attack drone.
Hydra's presence in South Africa reflects the company's commitment in offering different defense markets with proven solutions and a strong experience record with more than 150,000 flight hours and a 15-year track record in the unmanned aerial systems industry.
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