UMEX 2022 Continues, Ukraine Showcase UAVs and other Innovative Technologies

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Ukrainian companies showcase innovative technologies in UAE / Photo credit: Ukrspecexport
Ukrainian companies showcase innovative technologies in UAE / Photo credit: Ukrspecexport

Ukraine is presenting its newest unmanned technologies and counter-UAV systems at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 2022

Ukraine is showcasing the cutting-edge technologies of its own making. The joint Ukrainian exposition organized by state-owned intermediary company "Ukrspecexport" (booth №06-B09) features unmanned air and ground systems as well as counter-UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technologies.

Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express
Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022 / Photo credit: Ukrspecexport

The systems were created by both public and private Ukrainian defense companies.

Ukrainian privately-held Motor Sich JSC (booth №06-C22), APC Skyeton LLC (booth №06-B14), Ukrspecsystems LLC (05-A20 & C20) are among an Individual exhibitors at UMEX 2022.

Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express
/ Photo credit: Ukrspecexport
Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express
Mobile COMINT complex KHORTYTSIA-M by Infozahyst is among exhibits of UMEX 2022 / Photo credit: Infozahyst

Ukraine-made UAVs, kamikaze drones, innovative engines and technologies for UAVs counter-UAV jamming systems and equipment, detection and identification complexes are among the latest unmanned systems, artificial intelligence techniques showcased at UMEX 2022.

Overview

TA-1 Strategic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express

With a 25 m wing span, the "TA-1 Strategic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" might be the biggest representative of the Ukrainian military technologies industry at this exhibition. Manufactured by the Antonov State Enterprise aeronautics company. The vehicle is designed for all-weather reconnaissance, observation, terrestrial targets attack, and relay communication.

Capabilities:

  • Automatic take-off and landing by alternative to GNSS positioning;
  • Performing a task under GNSS propagation conditions;
  • Emergency return to takeoff aerodrome;
  • Work in a tactical data exchange network with airplanes and ground units.

For more information, visit the company's official website.

"UJ-22 Airborne" Unmanned Aircraft System & "UJ-31 Zlyva" Loitering Munition

Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express

The "UJ-22 Airborne" UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) is used to deliver any kind of payload, be it an explosive or medicine. This aircraft can also carry another kamikaze-drone (loitering munition) "UJ-31 Zlyva" that is designed for the destruction of immobile ground and waterborne targets. The package of loitering munitions includes 10 units, tools, protection boxes, and documents. Both products were constructed by SPE (Scientific‑Production Enterprise) "UKRJET" company.

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This is the UJ-31 Zlyva, which can be attached to the UJ-22 Airborne vehicle and delivered to the battlefield / Photo credit: Uprom.info
"UJ-22 Airborne" carrying "UJ-31 Zlyva" / Photo credit: SPE "Ukrjet"

"Leleka-100" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Some of the Ukrainian representatives are no newbies at the UMEX 2022 exhibition. These "Leleka-100" UAVs participated in the event in 2020. This fixed-wing electric drone realizes the conception of automatized control during the whole flight, which makes the job of an operator much easier. It allows focusing attention on the analysis of information that comes from the UAV rather than operating it manually. The Armed Forces of Ukraine have already inducted these drones. The Ukrainian "leleka" stands for "ciconia", more information on the "DeViRo" company website.

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The "Leleka-100" drone at the UMEX 2020 show / Photo credit: Ukrspecsystems

"Windhover" Unmanned Aerial Complex

"Spaitech" company decided the present a multicopter complex, along with common plane-type technologies. Due to the design based on propellers, the "Windhover" needs very little space to take off and land.

It can be used even inside a building. However, it has less flight duration and speed than an average winged unmanned aircraft.

"Ironclad" Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Ground vehicles (UGVs) are present as well. The "Ironclad" has a protected platform with off-road engines and all-wheel drive, which gives it a high level of maneuverability. The vehicle is equipped with a 360° view system, which operates at any time of day and under difficult weather conditions. The radio-wired communication system is crypto-resistant and interference-protected. The vehicle is operated by two soldiers. Designed by Roboneers company.

RIFF anti-drone system

Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express
RIFF anti-drone system at UMEX 2022 / Photo credit: Interproinvest
Besides the cutting-edge drones, there is high-end counter-UAV equipment. The RIFF anti-drone system in its portable model is a literal anti-UAV gun from the Interproinvest company. It serves to protect the air from enemy unmanned aircraft by jamming their remote control and GPS datalinks.
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RIFF anti-drone system is a subject of great interest among visitirs of UMEX 2022 / Photo credit: Interproinvest
Defense Express has made an explicit article on this device and its usage. It also has "mobile" and "stationery" models the latter being provided with additional options:
  • Module for radio monitoring of all the adjacent channels;
  • Database for recording interventions;
  • Creation of the maps with zones of detection and counteraction to drones
Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express
RIFF has also "mobile" and "stationery" versions for convenience and multitasking
Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express

The other companies that will present their newest developments are:

  • "LUCH" State Kyiv Design Bureau ("SOKIL-300" reconnaissance and strike UAS)
  • "Skyeton" company ("RAYBIRD-3" UAS)
  • "Infozahyst" Research and Production Center ("KHORTYTSIA-M" Mobile COMINT complex)
  • "Proximus" LLC ("Bukovel" Anti-Drone EWF)
  • "Ukrspetstechnika" joint-stock company («Polonez» reconnaissance and jamming complex)
  • "Synergy" Design and Production Enterprise, LLC company ("PEACEKEEPER" UGV)

The full list of participants and their products can be found here.

Ukrainian technologies are not just for show. Some of them are already used by Ukrainian Army to counter Russian forces in temporarily occupied Donbas (Eastern Ukraine), while others prove their effectiveness abroad. Defense Express covered the combat capabilities of "SOKIL-300" earlier, so we don't provide an overview on it here. Also, here is the analysis of another UMEX-2018 participant, which was not enlisted this time. And if you are interested in a deeper view of the Ukraine-Turkiye co-operation in the UAV field, here is the interview with Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of the Turkish "Baykar Defense" company.

Bayraktar TB UAV at UMEX 2022

The UMEX 2022 is an event dedicated to drones, robotics, their components, and unmanned systems. The conference will take place on February 20 and the exhibition – on Feb. 21–23 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Held since 2015, this is the fifth exhibition that showcases the Middle East and North Africa region's industry-leading and growing unmanned systems segments.

Ukraine showcase UAVs and other innovative technologies at UMEX 2022, Defense Express
Ukrspecexport's team near the joint Ukrainian exposition at UMEX 2022 / Photo credit: SE Ukrspecexport

It also provides a professional platform for manufacturers to meet operators and establish lucrative business relationships while promoting the defense, environmental, civil, and humanitarian benefits of unmanned systems. More information on the website of the event.

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