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Cobra spotlight on drone airframes in San Diego

Offering UAV customers a dedicated one-stop-shop for design and assembly.

23rd April 2024

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Thailand


At Xponential 2024, the dgital defence exibition which runs from April 22-25 in San Diego, California, Cobra International will showcase how its in-house design and development team works with external structural engineering partner Composite Design Studio (CDS) to reverse engineer existing composite structures for drone airframes.

Radek Michalik, managing director of CDS, will demonstrate how this re-engineering approach provides scalable, cost-effective manufacturing options for drone manufacturers seeking alternative production routes, while also allowing companies to create a manufacturing base in Asia.

Also on display on the Cobra stand will be a fully assembled 5.5-metre wingspan Swiftlet unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform developed by the Royal Thai Air Force for a broad range of survey, monitoring and search and rescue operations. In addition, the Cobra team will also exhibit the Vetal drone, a twin rotor vertical take-off and landing platform with a composite airframe manufactured by Cobra for an Asian client.

Jaap Ruwaard, owner of Scabro Innovations, the Dutch specialist composite manufacturing company, will also be available for discussions on the Cobra booth. Scabro is bringing prototyping, material development and processing knowledge to the table alongside its design expertise in working with Cobra.

“We are looking forward to Xponential in San Diego, as it brings together so many decision makers and key stakeholders from the unmanned systems sector,” said Cobra CEO Danu Chotikapanich. “Now that we’ve added the assembly of complex composite and electronic systems to the manufacturing mix at Cobra, we are now able to offer UAV customers a dedicated one-stop-shop for airframes, structures and components.”

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