The Czech UAV CANTAS E was introduced for the first time at last week’s IDEX trade fair which took place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 19 to 23 February 2017.
A whole range of companies of the leading Czech engineering holding CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP presented themselves at the exhibition IDEX 2017. The company EXCALIBUR INTERNATIONAL is among them, for the first time introducing its new multi-purpose UAV CANTAS E, which is capable of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL category).
CANTAS can carry variable equipment and it is intended e.g. for reconnaissance, surveillance or rescue operations. It can operate as a relay, monitoring or jamming device, as well as a carrier of detection systems and sensors etc. CANTAS E is equipped with a detachable nose container, into which various systems and sensors can be installed, including electro-optical payloads, sensor kits and other special equipment or payloads.
The UAV is equipped with twin electrical propulsion units and one combustion engine. This combination makes it possible to fly continuously for up to 18 hours while also providing for very quiet operation, critical for surveillance and reconnaissance flights. The propulsion system is designed so that CANTAS E is capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), requiring no further logistics equipment on the ground.
CANTAS E can be remote controlled, but it can also operate in an autonomous mode. The vehicle was designed exclusively in the Czech Republic, including the propulsion unit, datalink communication system, and the autopilot system. CANTAS E is part of a broader family of universal UAVs and the version CANTAS A is also on display next to it, unveiled at the trade fair Indodefence 2016.
CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP (abbreviated as CSG) is a holding that builds on the tradition of Czechoslovak industry, supporting and further developing activities of Czech and Slovak companies in the field of defense and civil industrial production.
CSG’s portfolio includes manufacturing and sales of specialized vehicles, off road trucks, weapons and weapon systems, ammunition, machinery products for automotive, railway and aerospace industry, brake systems for railed vehicles, as well as road transport and logistics. The group puts a great emphasis on the quality of its products and services, as well as export activities.
Products made by the companies of the holding can be seen on all continents and the number of customers is growing steadily. In 2015, the companies of CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP generated revenues of 13.6 billion CZK, and they currently have more than 6 thousand employees.
EXCALIBUR INTERNATIONAL focuses on providing the customer with complex solutions and comprehensive systems. It uses the experience and potential of the CSG holding companies, providing one-door services including financing, training and on-site support throughout the life cycle of the technology. The company primarily offers products of CSG, but it is also capable of integrating products and know-how of companies outside the CSG holding into its deliveries.