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ADCOM SYSTEMS is a large business group of companies

When UAVs are made by UAE

Dedicated to International Land Security and Defence, Eurosatory is an entirely business-oriented professional exhibition. Every two years, for companies, it is a unique opportunity to both meet high-level decision-makers and promote their last products and innovative technologies. The growing importance by the security field during the past few years, illustrates the technical Defence-Security continuity mechanism. In response to evolving markets and requirement for equipments and systems for land forces and homeland security agencies, Eurosatory is placing special emphasis on the homeland security domain. The last edition was held at Villepinte from June 10 to 15. With an increasing international reach, this 2012 tradeshow was once more a success. Eurosatory remains mostly the rendezvous for land and Airland defence.[1] National pavilions and individual exhibitors both gathered at Eurosatory for 5 days to display the whole international offering, their know-how and their well-known and tested products as well as new solutions. Over 1,500 major products and systems were displayed in full-scale.In a growing trend already perceived in 2010, namely a significant penetration by companies from the civilian sector and development of sectors such as UAVs/UGVs, operational medicine, high-technology subcontracting. Joël-François Dumont met Ali Al Dhaheri, General Designer and CEO of Adcom Systems. Villepinte, June 12, 2012.©

Adcom Systems was one of many foreign companies presenting innovative devices and equipments, opening new perspectives. Adcom Systems is  a large business group of companies from the United Arab Emirates. Main offices are located in Mussafah Area, the Industrial city of Abu Dhabi (ICAD), founded 20 years ago. The group is managed by an experienced multi-national team of professionals, with over 600 employees spread in branches in different countries. Adcom Systems has been engaged in diversified business activities which include, inter alia, the manufacturing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aerial targets, air traffic control radar systems (ATCRS), and  advanced communication systems.

Ali Al Dhaheri at Eurosatory -- Joël-François Dumont © Photo.

Ali Al Dhaheri at Eurosatory

Adcom Systems aims at becoming an Arabic leading manufacturer of UAV and aerial targets and used Eurosatory to showcase their latest technologies and solutions in reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue and border surveillance areas. Ali Al Dhaheri, who has « already been 25 years in this business » hardly surprisingly takes great pride in Adcom Systems accomplishments and its government policy to encourage “made in the UAE” technology and products.

« Targets are one thing, UAVs an other one. But « both are same unmanned air systems with different capabilities, both are to be used in different regions, with different speeds and at different altitudes » says Ali Al Dhaheri. As said above, his company has been involved in the target and UAV business for more than 20 years. Among latest systems developped by yhe company are, « high performance  targets »,[2] specially devised « for new generations of missiles

Joël-François Dumont © Photo.

As far as targets are concerned,[3] the company recently « introduced Yabhon-HMD, a high altitude and high performance target powered by jet engine. The airframe is capable of long endurance with high performance. We also developped Tiran 1 and Tiran 2, both meant for advanced targets, against F-16, Mirage, and all air -to-air systems.» 

Adcom was not exhibiting at Villepinte for the first time confirms Ali Al Dhaheri : « We have here an example of drone and targets which were already presented twice here. We are displaying now a full scale of Yabhon-N. Due to understandable logistic reasons, bigger ones are more difficult to display. At IDEX,[4] we did show fourteen different types or unmanned systems and targets. »

Yabhon-R at IDEX 2011 in Abu Dhabi -- Joël-François Dumont © Photo.

Yabhon-R at IDEX 2011 in Abu Dhabi

It's clear that systems first have to match with geography. Refusing « to involve on the political side Adcom Systems is a just a company, concerned with new and advanced technologies, innovation in the unmanned business. Let other talk about themselves. We are looking at the International market for UAVs,[5] drones and we progress in that technology... We produce everything in the Emirates, but are able to sell worldwide. »

Any project to team or build partnerships with US, British or French companies ? « No project. We like to be independent, I think people appreciate both our technology and strategy. We are a simple company : everybody likes to work with us. It's not necessary to team for political reasons. We like to remain independent. Definitely, because we are well established in the UAE. Even if we are happy to work with other countries. The Next step : building new UAVs, our aim is to build new generations of systems and to integrate subsystems

Joël-François Dumont

[1] Some 2012 key figures : 1433 exhibitors from 53 countries; 155 delegations from 84 countries plus 2 International Organisations, some 53,375 visitors, 55% of them coming from abroad.

[2] The Yabhon-GRN 2 is a scale-up of Yabhon-GRN 1 target. Designed to be used as an advanced target for air-to-air or ground-to-air missile systems Yabhon-GRN 1 is an advanced new generation high performance aerial target. Powered by efficient jet turbines, the airframe is capable of long endurance with high performance. It can be launched from shipboard or land with a conventional launcher system, no boosters [RATO] being required. The big internal volume allows to carry wide range of payloads like passive and active radar augmenters, smoke and infrared cartridges, miss distance indicators, low altitude flight devices and transponders.

The Yabhon-GRN 2 target -- Adcom Systems © Photo.

The Yabhon-GRN 2 target

[3] Other targets include Yabhon-HMD and the Yabhond-N.

[4] IDEX 2011 : The 10th International Defence Exhibition and Conference was held from Sunday 20 to Thursday 24 February 2011 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

[5] Adcom Systems has developed various types of UAVs. Among them : Yabhon-R and Yabhon-R2: Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAVs, designed and manufactured by ADCOM Systems for tactical missions including real time day and night reconnaissance and surveillance, search and rescue, border surveillance, remote area monitoring and other similar missions. Yabhon-R is designed for short take-off and landing using a semi-prepared short runway. It can land on wheels or by emergency parachute system.

Yahbon-RUAV -- Adcom Systems © Photo.

Yahbon-R UAV

Yabhon-RX : Tactical UAV used for day and night surveillance, search and rescue, border control, environmental monitoring and related unmanned missions.The airframe consists of a mid wing configuration with podded fuselage, single pusher engine, twin boom tail unit and fully retractable landing gear. The airframe is mainly made as a sandwich of high density structural foam between glass fiber/epoxy skins. Airframe modules can easily be assembled  in the field. The Yabhon-RX is intended to be operated from a launcher, take-off and landing being fully automatic. An emergency parachute system provides full safety in case of power or command link failure.

Yabhon-RX UAV -- Adcom Systems © Photo.

Yabhon-RX UAV

Yabhon-H : High performance and efficient canard UAV, using the latest aerodynamic technology, a high aspect-ratio double delta wing with laminar airfoils optimised for efficient cruise. The Yabhon-H UAV has responsive ailerons, a good turbulence resistance, excellent "hands off" stability and docile stall. Climb is excellent even at a high angle of attack. Due to the small dimensions, it can be either used as tactical UAV, launched from shipboard or land with a small conventional launcher system and recovered by parachute.

The Yabhon-H UAV -- Adcom Systems © Photo.

The Yabhon-H UAV -- Adcom Systems © Photo.

Yabhon Smart Eye and Yabhon Smart Eye 1: Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV, designed and manufactured by ADCOM Systems for strategic missions including: Near real time (NRT) combat assessment, Battle damage assessment (BDA), Intelligence preparation of the battlefield, Special operations, Reconnaissance operations and humanitarian aid, border surveillance and communications relay. The ultra-long endurance of the Smart Eye comes from its glider-like, high aspect ratio wings. It can carry two gimballed camera platforms.

Yahbon Smart Eye UAV -- Adcom Systems © Photo.

Yahbon Smart Eye UAV

The Yabhon Smart Eye also has a full autonomous operation with advanced FCU system, a high glide ratio of 30:1, a mission pre-planning capability, an online mission profile update and recording, a wide range of payload sensors including IR, thermal imager LDRF, and EO sensors and a retractable, steerable nose wheel for optimal operation.

Smart Eye 1 UAV -- Adcom Systems © Photo.

Smart Eye 1 UAV

Smart Eye 1 is a high performance UAV optimized for efficient cruise with high aspect-ratio wings and laminar airfoils. The flying qualities are superb even at a high angle of attack : it is very stable, good turbulence resistance and docile stall. Climb is excellent. Due to the small dimensions it can be used as a tactical UAV."

United 40 is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV, designed and manufactured by ADCOM Systems for strategic missions including:  Near real time (NRT) combat assessment, Battle damage assessment (BDA), Intelligence preparation of the battlefield, Special operations, reconnaissance operations and humanitarian aid, Border surveillance and communications relay.

United 40 UAV -- Adcom Systems © Photo.

United 40 UAV

The ultra-long endurance of the United 40 comes from its glider-like, high aspect ratio wings that can carry a gimballed camera platforms.

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).