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HISTORY OF UAS IN MALAYSIA
The first UAS project for CTRM
was the Eagle ARV System, a collaboration project
with BAE Systems in 2001. The system was a manned
Eagle 150B light aircraft, converted into a
UAS and was successfully flown during LIMA 2001.
Since then, CTRM has been actively developing
a completely indigenous UAS, from airframe to
autopilot systems. A team was eventually formed
in 2003 and begun their R&D activities to
develop a small UAS demonstrator aircraft.
The ‘EX-01’ was
the first prototype with maximum weight of 15
kg, wingspan of 8 feet and was flown as a Remotely
Pilot Vehicle (RPV) with video camera payload
but without autopilot system.
In 2004, CTRM collaborated
with Ikramatic Systems to begin the development
of a Malaysian autopilot system for the ‘EX-01’
aircraft. The aircraft was redesigned and subsequently
renamed as ‘SR-01’. A total of 8
aircrafts were built. The new aircraft had a
maximum weight of 35kg, increased wingspan,
and a powerful engine. It was the platform that
successfully proved the viability of Ikramatic’s
Autopilot System (IMRAN).
In 2006, CTRM, SCS and Ikramatic
started their work to develop a new UAS, aptly
named as ‘SR-02’. The new aircraft
is weighted at over 130kg, wingspan of 16 feet,
a 32 hp engine and carry up to 25kg payload.
The ‘SR-02’ was eventually renamed
to ‘ALUDRA’ (Alliance Unmanned Developmental
Research Aircraft), signifying the spirit of
the consortium and the latest UAS developed