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The Vanguard Airborne Drones

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Basic specs Price: $ 45,000
Model The Vanguard
Brand Airborne Drones (see all products)
Category Professional
Type Multirotors
Release date 2017
Country South Africa

Airborne Drones The Vanguard review

The Airborne Drones The Vanguard is a professional surveillance drone made by Airborne Drones, a manufacturer based in South Africa. They also produce The Falcon.

This advanced quadcopter drone can be used for wildlife monitoring, security and inspections as well as other roles. The Vanguard features high-tech specs and can be controlled from 35 km away. In addition, the long-range drone has a flight duration of 94 minutes, thus the drone operates on 2 batteries at a time.

This advanced aerial drone also features a dual sensor camera configuration. Therefore it can utilize thermal and visual imaging and be used at night and day.

The Vanguard also comes with a SkyLink System which allows for waypoint control, long distance control and telemetry feedback.

The Vanguard drone main features

  • Battery fail-safe feature: the drone will return to home when it is running low on power.
  • Long flying times: the Vanguard is able to stay airborne for 94 minutes which is very long for drones and UAVs.
  • High-quality photos and videos: the Vanguard features a 24 MP camera and is able to record videos in 4K resolution. This foldable camera drone also boasts a 3-axis gimbal for precise stabilization.
  • Video feed: the long-range drone can stream live video full HD 1080p and record in 4K.
  • Control: the drone pilot can operate The Vanguard with a joystick control module which has 5 hours of battery and a 15″ HD screen.  Users can also use a touchscreen tablet.

Airborne Drones The Vanguard price

This powerful surveillance drone is available at the manufacturer price of $45.000.

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The Vanguard Airborne Drones


Model The Vanguard
Brand Airborne Drones
Price $ 45,000
Release date 2017
Country South Africa
Status Available
Category Professional
Type Multirotors

Flight performance

Max. speed 18 m/s
Max. range 35 km
Max. flight time 94 min
Max. payload/cargo 2 kg

Flight modes

Orbit (POI)
Waypoint (flight path) Yes
Altitude hold Yes
VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing)
BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight)

Flight assistance

One key takeoff Yes
One key landing Yes
Return home Yes
Obstacle avoidance Yes


Smartphone/tablet only (via app)
Controller w/ built-in LCD Yes
Controller w/ smartphone/tablet mount Yes
Controller (no screen)


Dimensions 835 × 835 × 350 mm
Dimensions (folded) 540 × 300 × 340 mm
Weight 9.5 kg
Number of rotors 4
Battery capacity
Min. operating temp. -5 °C
Max. operating temp. 50 °C


Video resolution 4K
Video frame rate 60 fps
Camera resolution (photo) 24 MP
Live video feed resolution 1080p
Live video feed frame rate
Gimbal stabilizer Yes


Foldable design Yes
LED lights
Propeller guards
Robotic arms
Live video feed Yes
Facial recognition
FPV goggles (optional)
4K camera Yes
Gesture control


Micro USB
SD Card Yes
Micro SD Card
Bluetooth Yes
Radio Yes
Wifi Yes
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