Tellumat going big at DSEI


Tellumat Defence & Security will be part of the South African pavilion at this year’s Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) conference and exhibition in London.

DSEI, supported by The UK Ministry of Defence and the UK Department of International Trade, connects governments, national armed forces, industry leaders and the global defence and security supply chain.

The South African pavilion is co-ordinated by the South African Department of Trade and Industry and the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD).

This year’s DSEI runs from 10 to 13 September at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London.

Tellumat ASTUS UAS

Among products Tellumat will promote is its ASTUS unmanned aerial system (UAS).

Launched at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition last year, ASTUS is a medium-size, medium-range tactical surveillance UAS, suitable for lengthy day/night missions requiring real-time surveillance data collection and delivery, such as border and coastal security, environmental protection and peacekeeping. It can also be used for cost effective training of UAS crews for beyond-line-of-sight operations of larger UASs.

The aircraft has a 5.2 metre wingspan and maximum take-off weight of 92 kg. It is powered by a 210-cc fuel-injected two-stroke engine providing eight hours of optimal flight time at 5 000 feet above sea level. This cruise altitude can be varied if needed.

Low latency payload control and monitoring is available via ground control station (GCS). The modular portable GCS can be networked to allow control of ASTUS by more than one pilot and more than one payload operator geographically possibly separated across large mission areas.

Quick to deploy and easy to operate in a wide range of missions, the system has a minimum crew requirement of four – pilot, payload operator, safety pilot and aircraft technician.

The ASTUS UAS is provided with all the necessary support equipment, operational and base spares to allow for extended operations without external support.

ASTUS addresses the market need for high-end UAS performance in a compact, cost-effective package, accommodating various types of payloads, a Tellumat spokesman said.

Data Links and IFF

Tellumat will also promote its family of ground-to-air and air-to-ground command and control video/data links, as well as its identification friend or foe (IFF) interrogators and transponders, together with per-country national secure mode solutions at DSEI.


Tellumat’s offerings and broad skillset provides a solid platform for partnerships promoting mutual self-reliance and strengthening international ties, Brian Ferguson, Key Accounts Manager for Tellumat Defence & Security division, said.

Tellumat has a range of engagement options, from simple agreements of sale through to training on installation and maintenance, integrated logistic support, manufacturing and development collaboration. Its track record in global markets makes it an ideal partner to end users or systems integrators attending DSEI looking for innovative technology partnerships he added.

“DSEI sees a coming together of industry players from all over the world. We look forward to meeting new people, networking and seeking out opportunities for South African based value-added partnerships with foreign multinationals.”

Tellumat has supplied systems and solutions to system integrators and end-users in the international aerospace and defence markets since 1963 as Plessey South Africa which became Tellumat in 1998.