Alpha Unmanned Systems Integrates its Drones into the Combat Systems of the Armada

Defence Industry

Madrid: Alpha Unmanned Systems (AUS), a manufacturer of unmanned helicopters (UAV) based in Madrid, has successfully completed the integration of its UAVs in the Combat Systems of the Navy’s BAM “Furor (P-46)”.

Announcing the integration, company said that it is part of the continued collaboration of AUS with the Spanish Armed Forces through its different participations with the Armada, both in the past REPMUS 2022, and in its next participation in the NATO Dynamic Messenger 2023 manoeuvres. The purpose of these manoeuvres is to enhance the integration of UxVs in NATO naval operations.

AUS, thanks to recent international sales, has proven to be at the forefront of technology and of interest to the most relevant navies. Thus in the naval environment, its systems fly as squadrons or technological demonstrators for the Greek Navy, the Indonesian Coast Guard, the Spanish Ministry of Defense or the US Ministry of Defense. In Spain and in a multipurpose environment, they are also used by INTA, UME or GRUEMA.

Last year within NATO, AUS took part in the REPMUS exercises with excellent performance. Its drones were integrated into the ground command and control node through GMV’s IRIS system.

On this occasion, ahead of DYMS 2023, AUS drones have been successfully integrated into the combat systems of the BAM Furor through Navantia’s NAIAD.  Both systems ensure ISR Interoperability between UAVs and their operating environments, Combat Systems or Command and Control Centres.

The philosophy of both systems is based on offering a single interface so that various media (UxVs) can share their products (position, status, video, etc.) through a secure channel with any user who may need them, not only from the mission area but from any other location through the CSD (Coalition Shared Data Server).

In addition, both NAIAD and IRIS are bidirectional, so data users can send information to the UxVs, including points of interest, missions, etc., through them. The format of all these data conforms to STANAG standards, which enables their distribution and consumption by all the actors involved in the exercises.

Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems, said, “At Alpha Unmanned Systems, we are very proud to have successfully integrated our drones into the Armada´s operational combat systems. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to innovation and safety, and we are excited to continue to provide cutting-edge technology solutions that strengthen the operational capabilities of our armed forces.”

Founded in 2014 with Spanish capital, AUS’s most innovative product is the Alpha 900, a helicopter designed and manufactured primarily for maritime missions. With a powerful combustion engine that provides great autonomy and payload capacity (up to 4 hours and can carry payloads up to 4 kg), the A900 can autonomously take off and land on and from moving vessels with limited space (small deck). Additionally, it is “STANAG Compliant,” aiming for all critical systems to be redundant. All these features make it perfect for navies, coast guards, and/or intelligence, surveillance, target approach, and/or reconnaissance operations at sea.