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United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi. Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX 2020). Zhuhai Ziyan UAV. Co., Ltd. is a Chinese manufacturer. An Emirati man is looking at a Blowfish A3 and bombs. On a television screen, a video shows a Blowfish A3 taking off on a live performance. The Blowfish A3 is marketed as a multi-mission platform capable of conducting a plethora of over-battlefields roles and tasks with a helicopter-type toolset in mind. This means critical resupply of forward-operating forces, reconnaissance of enemy positions and direct targeting of enemy elements at range. The platform operates from low-to-medium altitudes and features a three-bladed main rotor overhead working in conjunction with a three-bladed tail rotor unit seated towards port side to counteract torque generated by the main rotor. A mini VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) which military version is under deployment within Emirate forces. The 38 kg electric-powered VTOL can be weaponized with 15 kg of armament: mini-rockets or a magazine of 8 vertical tubes to bomb at a minimum altitude of 300 m of the military objectives with 60 mm shells or 81 mm grenades. The Blowfish A3 is also be capable of carrying automatic weapons without modifications, from machine gun to riot control devices. It requires 3 minutes of preparation before the takeoff, for a range of 90 minutes in a swarm at over 80 km. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS); which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) (or uncrewed aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone) is an aircraft without a human pilot on board and a type of unmanned vehicle. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator or autonomously by onboard computers. The man wears a traditional white thobe. A thawb (thobe, dishdasha, kandora) is an ankle-length garment, usu