By Chris King • 09 October 2021 • 20:48
National Police unveils 'megadron'.
image: policia nacional
The National Police has rolled out its latest acquisition, the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV), which they have nicknamed ‘megadron’. This craft is a giant drone that weighs in at 600kg. It is capable of carrying a payload of up to 220kg, and can travel at a maximum speed of 130kph, with a range of 35km when fully loaded.
In its official Twitter account, the force anticipates the ‘megadron’ can be used to access contaminated CBRN areas, or reduced airspaces where, unlike a helicopter, it will be able to manoeuvre more efficiently.
A Chinese company, EHang, is responsible for manufacturing the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV), which is an EHang 216 unit. EHang has loaned the drone to the National Police force for the time being, with this model capable of being manned by two people.
With a total length of 5.6 metres, it can take off and land vertically, incorporating the latest LTE and 5G connectivity to communicate with the command centre or mobile. Megadron is currently part of a series of tests being conducted by the State Agency for Aviation Safety (AESA).
It is not expected to be operational until 2023, or at the earliest, once the European Union has prepared a regulatory framework for the use of these types of vehicles. With this revolutionary incorporation, when the time arrives, the National Police hopes to be at the forefront of European police in the field of drones, as reported by laopiniondemalaga.es.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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