KACST converts manned aircraft into drone


RIYADH - King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announced the success of its specialists in converting a manned aircraft into a drone.

This was disclosed by KACST President Prince Turki Bin Saud. He said that the successful field test of the drone named “Al-Nawras” has many strategic advantages.

“A squadron of three drones of Al-Nawras has successfully been flying through one control room to carry out joint missions and these strategic types of drones can fly up to 30 hours,” he said.

Prince Turki said that this type of drones is part of KACST’s projects as part of Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030.

According to KACST chief, the formation of drones that perform joint missions has important advantages, which can be used as an air station to transfer a high amount of information from the aircraft to the ground operations room to cover large distances and they are equipped with day and night high-resolution cameras and can also carry different loads and work by satellites.

He said that the test of the drone squadron can be utilized in the military field and it allows operational flexibility so that a drone can conduct aerial photography while a second drone can use jamming while a third one can carry out tactical missions.