What is a UAV or a UAS?

The UAV is an acronym for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which is an aircraft with no pilot on board. UAVs can be remote controlled aircraft (e.g. flown by a pilot at a ground control station) or can fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans or more complex dynamic automation systems. TEKEVER’s systems can fly autonomously and integrate artificial intelligence in their auto pilot that can learn and adapt to some recurring conditions.

The acronym UAV has been expanded in some cases to UAVS (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle System), or just UAS, to reflect the fact that these complex systems include ground stations and other elements besides the actual air vehicles. The term UAS, however, is not widely used as the term UAV that has become part of the modern lexicon.

What can they do? What are they for?

The AR UAS family presents a fixed-wing design that provide day and night real-time imagery capabilities, and other types of information. This information can be used in many different applications but the main uses of our platforms are described here. The AR family delivers true airborne superiority, reliable communication functionality and powerful target acquisition capabilities, focused in on-board intelligence and tracking of specific static or moving elements of interest which have applications in so many different industries and work areas.

Are the platforms flight proven? Mission proven?

The Air Ray Systems are able to operate in different market segments in partnership with Armed and Security Forces, to assure operational efficiency and battle proven capabilities.

TEKEVER’s platforms have extensive flight hours in representative scenarios as well as in missions all over the world. We have supplied the Portuguese armed forces with systems used in NATO missions in Kosovo, collaborate with the Republic’s National Guard in the maintenance of Peneda-Gerês National Park helping them prevent any illegal action, and help the police monitoring crowds in conflict prone environments.

One of the systems was used to provide thermal imagery of the underground magma rivers during powerful volcanic eruption at Pico do Fogo volcano on the island of Fogo, Cape Verde. With the help of this information it was possible to prioritise the evacuation of the nearby villages saving precious human lives.

The proven results of TEKEVER’s systems have compelled ESA and EMSA to select the company to create the first European maritime surveillance system composed of drones.

Do I need a license to operate the UAS?

TEKEVER provides formation to the personnel that will operate the systems. Only TEKEVER can assure a correct training of UAS operators and does not contract third party companies to teach how to operate its systems.

What is the warranty of the platform? I’ve seen a video that shows a hard landing, can the platform cope with that?

Our platforms are built for the battle field, they are built to endure. The airframe is built out of carbon and Kevlar fibres which are very light but also very strong, stronger than steel.

Furthermore, the aircraft are cleverly designed to purposely break apart, through the use of mechanical fuses, on landing so that the impact energy can be easily transferred away from more sensitive parts. Although the Air Rays sound like they land with a bang, the mechanical fuses in the wings and the unique way through which the payload is coupled with the structure allows for a controlled distribution of forces ensuring the aircraft are ready to fly on the next few minutes.

How long does an operator require before being able to fly a TEKEVER system?

TEKEVER’s autonomous platforms take no time to master because of their ability to almost think, taking some tasks from the operator’s hands, handling them with their own amazing inner “pilot” thus relieving the operator from many of his piloting actions.

The company suggests a two week training course provided by our own trainer personnel, but this time can be shortened if need be and the company believes it to be needed.

Where can I buy one?

You can reach TEKEVER through our email: info@tekever.com, or by phone: +351 213 304 300

Where can I buy spare parts?

Our products are almost entirely built in house, meaning most of the spares are built by us. The few parts that we integrate in our systems we buy in bulk which means it’s probably advantageous for you to buy the spares from us.