Tellumat receives orders for new UAV data link


South African defence company Tellumat has received a number of orders for its DL-5000 video data link, aimed at the tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market.

Tellumat said that several customers have already placed orders and started to take delivery of the new product prior to the official product launch scheduled to take place at DSEi in London next month.
“It is very exciting that this product has created so much interest this early in the product life cycle”, said Shareef Hoosain, Programme Manager at Tellumat.

The DL-5000 can provide long-distance radio capability and is aimed at small commercial UAVs currently in the market which are unable to manage data links.

The bi-directional C-Band data link allows for multiple and simultaneous HD video channel transmissions while maintaining low video latency. “The high transmission power and low receiver sensitivity allow for a system operational range of up to 250 km line-of-sight, depending on antenna configuration,” Tellumat said.

The DL-5000 weighs in at 2.2 kg (excluding heat-sink) and has a configurable Ethernet interface allowing fast integration into a distributed network system. This caters for remote operations beyond line-of-sight or real-time video delivery to a central command and control station in a joint operations environment.

In addition to the DL-5000 product, Tellumat offers end-to-end solutions for UAV applications which includes antenna pointing solutions, a selection of aircraft/ground antennae, hardware customisation and system integration support.

Some of its other products include identification friend or foe (IFF) interrogators, flight mission computers (FMCs), sensor packs and more.

David Jackson, UAS Product Manager at Tellumat, earlier said he believed that UAV avionics growth will persist and even improve over the coming years. “Everything around a UAV is mass-based – it is the single biggest driver apart from the cost. Together our FMC and Sensor Pack can save about 18 kg and thus provide 24 litres of additional fuel depending on the UAV”, said Jackson.