Hensoldt launches production-ready ASTUS UAS

Akshara Parakala

Hensoldt South Africa has officially unveiled the production-ready ASTUS TUAS model at Africa Aerospace & Defense (AAD) 2022 in Pretoria. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)

Hensoldt South Africa (SA), part of German sensor manufacturer Hensoldt, has officially launched a production-ready model of its ASTUS tactical unmanned aerial systems (TUAS) at Africa Aerospace & Defense (AAD) 2022 in Pretoria from 21 to 25 September.

ASTUS Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (UAS), under development in 2017 by South African company Tellumat (acquired by Hensoldt in 2021), have been modified to improve sensor technology and flight control systems to meet market requirements. The UAS was equipped with the latest lightweight airborne surveillance and targeting system ARGOS-8, which itself was launched at AAD 2022.

Talking to
at the show, Willie Malan, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Product Manager at Hensoldt SA, said: “ASTUS is designed as a permanent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system. [ISR] platform, and with the integration of the ARGOS-8 stabilized gimbal, the UAS will be able to operate as reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance [ISTAR] platform.”

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