EFA VENTURES invests and implements innovative solutions in the area of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) with focus on the Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition and Engagement (RSTA-E) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in collaboration with Ucandrone.


ARCHYTAS is a tactical UAV capable of performing Vertical Take Off / Landing (VTOL) – The project was inspired by ARCHYTAS of Tarentum an Ancient Greek philosopher, strategist and scientist of Pythagorean School. In 405 BC he designed and built the first artificial steam powered flying machine capable of flying up to 200 meters.

History of the Archytas program

Main features

  • Fully electrical powered Vertical Take off and landing – VTOL system
  • Robust structure made by composite materials
  • Max operational altitude 5000 m
  • Max cruise speed 30 m/s
  • Max endurance ~ 2hrs
  • MTOW <25 kg
  • State of the Art EO/IR payload
  • Robust communications with high throughput and redundant telemetry system
  • Resilient Navigation system
  • Modular architecture


  • Perform tactical missions day and night
  • Perform Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition and Engagement missions
  • Transfer real-time target image and data, day and night
  • Operate from narrow/unspecialized areas (vessels, field, urban environment, etc.)
  • Operate in a heavily congested EM environment (EMI/EMC tested) with the integration of manet communications
  • Low thermal, visual and noise signature
  • Airborne communications relay between ground forces