Snipe™

The Snipe Nano UAS is the latest Tactical unmanned aircraft system innovation from AeroVironment that provides today’s defenders with critical information whenever and wherever it is needed.

Weighing less than 5 ounces, the Snipe requires no assembly and can be operational in less than 60 seconds, providing dismounted troops with over 15 minutes of immediate organic tactical overmatch – over the wall, down the alley, around the hill.

With minimal training, Snipe is operated with an intuitive touch screen tablet, and can be controlled manually or programmed for GPS waypoint autonomous navigation. Each air vehicle includes both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera that transmits video real-time for day and night operation.


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Product Specs

Payloads Electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera
Range > 1 km
Battery Endurance >15 minutes
Operational Temperature -32º to +49º C and winds of 10 knots, gust to 20 knots
Weight 140 grams (4.9 ounces)

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Insight and Answers Now at Your Fingertips

Actionable Intelligent Insights; Not Information Overload

Historical Trend Analysis

Advanced Sensors

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Commercial Flight Services

Commercial Flight Services

Deeper Remote Sensing Capabilities

With AeroVironment’s commercial flight services, your business operation has access to AeroVironment’s complete array of advanced sensor technologies and the industry’s most proven drone hardware. Whether you need to perform close-up inspections on utility lines, accurately create survey-grade 3D models or monitor plant health across large acreage, we have a comprehensive offering of advanced sensors including multispectral, LiDAR and radiometric thermal that provides a georeferenced look at an area of interest in sharp detail.

Benefits

  • Reduce costs
  • Reduce uncertainty or risks
  • Higher-fidelity data and analysis
  • Create or add value to existing products or services

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Quantix

Quantix™ will give users the same air superiority, trusted certainty and security AeroVironment is known for as the leading drone supplier to the U.S. Department of Defense.  Quantix launches a new era of remote sensing for aerial inspections, mapping and actionable insights. It combines the advantages of vertical lift-off and horizontal flight for seamless operations and maximum coverage. Offering a robust and reliable solution empowering users through its fully-automated operation and instant intelligent insight. Quantix easily collects high-resolution imagery quickly and accurately to identify issues before they become costly problems.


QUANTIX/AV DSS™ – Overview

Powerfully-Simple Quantix™ Drone and AV Decision Support System™ provides more than just data; our solution embeds the expertise to interpret, fuse and correlate multi-dimensional data sets. Our powerful algorithms transform the collected raw data into precise, location-based actionable recommendations to help you make smarter, quicker decisions.

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Product Specs

Endurance 45 minutes
Field Coverage per Flight 400 acres; 40km linear range
Wingspan 1 m (3.2 feet)
Camera Sensors Dual 18MP RGB and Multispectral

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Efficient Energy Solutions

When eight of the world's leading automakers needed charging solutions for their electric vehicles—they were certain. When six of the world's largest airlines, and seven of the largest airports needed charging solutions for their ground fleets—they too were certain. It's a certainty that came from AeroVironment's more than 30 years as a world leader in Efficient Energy Systems (EES), including breakthrough power electronics, battery management technologies, and an advanced line of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers. Delivering unmatched intelligence and reliability, AeroVironment is innovating the way we live, work and drive, putting us well on the road to energy efficiency and range certainty.

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Sensors and Capabilities

AeroVironment is committed to improving mission efficiency and ISR superiority through continued innovation and integration of Sensors and Capabilities delivering actionable intelligence for better decision making.

  • AeroVironment’s family of Digital Data Link (DDL) products provides secure communications and interoperability between small platforms and remote terminals.
  • Kestrel Moving Target Indication (MTI) software automatically detects moving objects, often too small for fatigued human eyes to see, viewed through electro optical (VIS or IR) full motion video expanding area coverage and providing real-time and forensic operation support.
  • VAMPIRE (Visualization and Mission Planning Integrated Rehearsal Environment) flight simulator software provides critical training capabilities that are accessible regardless of weather, airspace, or tactical limitations.
  • AeroVironment’s “Mantis” suite of gyro stabilized, gimbaled sensor payloads are available for unmanned aircraft systems, manned aircraft, ground vehicles and watercraft. These gimbaled, micro multi-sensor payloads come with a high-resolution color and an infrared thermal video sensor, as well as a laser illuminator (pointer), all integrated into a multi-axis sphere.

Mantis i45 Gimbal

AeroVironment's Mantis i45 gimbal delivers lightweight, compact and powerful visual awareness to the Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operator and supports an advanced suite of sensors, including ultra high-resolution EO and IR imagers. The Mantis i45 gimbal is backward compatible, fully waterproof and provides nighttime and low light capabilities ranging from Near-Infrared (NIR) to Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) imagery.  During flight operations, the i45 gimbal provides full lower hemisphere coverage, continuous pan and is packaged to provide reliable operation in extreme environments.


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Product Specs

Electro/Optical Resolution: Dual 15 megapixel color, FOV: 56– 1.2 degrees, Zoom: 50x (lossless)
Low Light Resolution: 1.2 megapixel, FOV: 17–8.4 degrees
Thermal IR Resolution: 640x512 pixels, FOV: 32 degrees
Laser Illuminator Beam Power: 650 mW, Wavelength: 860 nm
Video Standard definition streaming, optional high definition on board
Weight 850 grams
Ball Diameter 4.2 inches
Operating Temperature -20C to 50C
Weatherization All Environment (waterproof)
Pan 360 rotation, continuous
Tilt +30 to -90 degrees

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

When ground forces must advance on the battlefield, they can be certain. When law enforcement must mobilize in times of potential danger, or first responders rush to find the lost or injured—they can all be certain because of AeroVironment's small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). It's a certainty that comes in the way of real-time video and thermal data, covering a wide area, and wirelessly transmitted to a hand-held ground control unit. Delivering systems with unrivaled flexibility and capability, AeroVironment's specialized portfolio of UAS provide critical intelligence and high precision strike capabilities that can mean the difference between failure and certain success.

Mantis - Revolutionary Vision Awareness

AeroVironment’s suite of micro-gimbals deliver lightweight, compact visual awareness solutions designed to satisfy the most demanding requirements. Each Mantis payload includes a daylight digital camera and infrared thermal imaging camera that are packaged to provide reliable operation in harsh environments, delivering uninterrupted video imagery.


AeroVironment designed its Mantis line of compact vision products to provide application flexibility and deliver superior imagery, making these payloads the best value to meet your needs.

Product Specs

Weight 200-650 grams
Ball Diameter 2.5-5.8 inches
Operating Temperatures -20C to 50C
Weatherization Water Resistant or Waterproof
Camera 1 Daylight 5 Megapixels
Camera 2 Thermal IR 640 x 480
Laser Pointer Models Vary
Zoom Levels 4
Rotation Limits Continuous
Tilt Limits +10 to -95 degrees
Control High Speed Serial
Video MPEG
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Vampire®

VAMPIRE® (Visualization and Mission Planning Integrated Rehearsal Environment) flight simulator software solution adds advanced training capability to AeroVironment’s small UAS. This operational training tool is used to teach, develop or maintain the abilities of operators in a highly realistic, simulated environment. It provides full flight training operations and mission rehearsal in realistic 3-D terrain with detailed builds of selected manmade features, moving humans and vehicles.

VAMPIRE is 100% hosted on the fielded UAS equipment (no additional hardware requirements) and allows operators to train and rehearse operator and mission-level tasks for each system. Closely integrated and correlated with the FalconView flight planning software currently used by UAS operators, VAMPIRE simulates operator tasks such as route and mission planning as well as in-flight tasks such as target tracking and reaction to emergency procedures. VAMPIRE also allows users to build tactical scenarios on geo-specific terrain databases built from satellite source imagery.

VAMPIRE provides critical training capabilities that are perpetually accessible to the warfighter regardless of weather, airspace, or tactical limitations.

Kestrel - Land MTI for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Military forces frequently deploy AeroVironment’s small UAS in dynamic and complex operating environments. Kestrel™ Land MTI software solution adds capability to AeroVironment’s family of small UAS by automatically detecting moving objects in electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) full motion video (FMV).


Integrated with AeroVironment’s existing common Ground Control System (GCS), which serves the Puma™ AE, Raven® and Wasp® AE, this capability improves situational awareness of the ground, offloads operator workload, provides operators an immediate cue to potential threats, and enhances airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), which helps save lives.

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Pocket RVT™

The Pocket RVT™ video receiver provides the flexibility and freedom to receive video and data anywhere within the Digital Data Link™ (DDL™) network utilizing any USB display device for a wide range of military and commercial applications.

The ultra-compact, lightweight Pocket RVT provides dismounted ground troops direct access to real-time video downlink images and geodata from any DDL equipped platform. Designed for versatility, this pocket-sized module turns any USB display device into a Remote Video Terminal and can to be worn on a tactical vest or utility belt. Pocket RVT can interface with a wrist worn smartphone, vest mounted tablet or virtually any USB end-user display device.

Key Features

  • Ultra Compact, Lightweight
  • Easy integration into any Tactical Vest/Utility Belt
  • Secure Digital and Analog
  • Multi-Band Reception for Military and Commercial use
  • USB connection to any end-user device running Apps under Windows, Android, or iOS

Product Specs

Frequency Bands • M1 & M2, M3 & M4 bands • C1 bands
Waveforms Supported • SUAS DDL • Analog NTSC Video
Interface • USB Digital Interface • SMA RF Connector • Analog Video output in • H.264 MISB format over USB
Physical and Environmental • Size: 3.25” x 2.2” x 0.75” • Weight: 100 grams (0.22 lb) • Operating Temperature: –40°C to +85°C • Water Resistant • Color: Tan or Black
Power Requirements • USB powered • Input Voltage: 5 volts • Current Draw: 0.7 amps (from 1 or optionally 2 USB ports) • Battery Life: depends on USB source (a 2,000 mAh USB battery will receive for 2.8 hours)

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Digital Data Link

SUAS DDL™ is small size, lightweight, and low power bi-directional, digital, wireless video link. Compliant with the Small Unmanned Airborne Systems Digital Data Link (SUAS DDL) waveform, it can also be used to enable enhanced command and control of small UAS. DDL is IP-based to enable maximum flexibility and interoperability between small airborne and ground systems with limited power availability, and bandwidth to maximize the number of systems that can operate within an area.

Product Specs

Size 2" x 5" x 0.5"
Weight 98 grams
Tx Power 1.5 watts
Rx Sensitivity –90 dBm
Power Consumption 9 watts
Operating Voltage 5.5 volts
Data Rate 4.5 Mbps
Supported Compression N/A
Interfaces Ethernet/RS-232/RS-485

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Switchblade®

The Switchblade is designed to provide the warfighter with a back-packable, non-line-of-sight precision strike solution with minimal collateral effects. It can rapidly provide a powerful, but expendable miniature flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) package on a beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) target within minutes. This miniature, remotely-piloted or autonomous platform can either glide or propel itself via quiet electric propulsion, providing real-time GPS coordinates and video for information gathering, targeting, or feature/object recognition. The vehicle’s small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize and track even at very close range. The Switchblade is fully scalable and can be launched from a variety of air and ground platforms.


Switchblade is operated from AeroVironment’s battle proven ground control system (GCS) with a communications range of greater than 10 km. Our common GCS interfaces with AeroVironment air vehicles  reducing the level of training required and decreasing the time and cost involved.

Product Specs

GCS Common Ground Control Station for Raven, Wasp AE and Puma AE
Range 10 km radius of operation
Endurance 10 min
Speed 55 to 85 kts
Operational Altitude Below 500 feet AGL (ceiling >15,000 feet MSL)
Weight Fits inside ALICE pack, approx. 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) (includes payload, launcher and transport bag)
Launch Method Self contained ground launch
Observables Very small visual, thermal and acoustic signatures
Lethality Precision strike with very low collateral damage
Optional Launch Platforms Air vehicle, ground vehicle, water craft, etc.

UAS: RQ-11B Raven®

The Raven is the most widely used unmanned aircraft system in the world today. The Raven B DDL® system, an enhanced version of the battle proven Raven B system, is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence.


Raven can be operated manually or programmed for autonomous operation, utilizing the system's advanced avionics and precise GPS navigation. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and a weight of 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight ranges up to 10 kilometers. The Raven, now available with an optional stabilized gimbaled payload, delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to the ground control and remote viewing stations. AeroVironment’s common GCS interfaces with all of its tactical ISR air vehicles reducing the level of training required and decreasing the time and cost involved.


AeroVironment Raven B Unmanned Aircraft – Daytime Video

The Raven® is the most widely used unmanned aircraft system in the world today. The Raven B DDL® system, an enhanced version of the battle proven Raven B system, is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence. 


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AeroVironment Raven® B Unmanned Aircraft – Nighttime Video

The Raven® is the most widely used unmanned aircraft system in the world today. The Raven B DDL® system, an enhanced version of the battle proven Raven B system, is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence. 


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Product Specs

Payloads Dual Forward and Side-Look EO Camera Nose, Electronic Pan-tilt-zoom with Stabilization, Forward and Side-Look IR Camera Nose (6.5 oz payloads)
Range 10 km
Endurance 60-90 minutes
Speed 32-81 km/h, 17-44 knots
Operating Altitude (Typ.) 100-500 ft (30-152 m) AGL, 14,000 ft MSL max launch altitude
Wing Span 4.5 ft (1.4 m)
Length 3.0 ft (0.9 m)
Weight 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)
GCS Common GCS with Puma and Wasp® AE
Launch & Recovery Method Hand-Launched, Deep Stall Landing

UAS: Wasp® AE

The Wasp AE Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) is the all environment version of AeroVironment’s battle proven Wasp III. With special design considerations for maritime and land operations, Wasp AE delivers, in a man packable asset, exceptional features of superior imagery, increased endurance, encrypted video, and ease of use that is inherent in all AeroVironment UAS solutions.

Operating virtually undetected, Wasp AE’s mechanically stabilized EO/IR gimbal payload transmits advanced imagery in high wind conditions for mission effectiveness. It also features hand-launch capabilities, with a deep-stall landing in confined areas on land or water. Wasp AE can be operated manually or programmed for autonomous operation, utilizing the system’s advanced avionics and precise GPS navigation.

The UAV is operated from AeroVironment’s battle proven ground control system (GCS) with a communications range of 5 km and flight endurance of 50 minutes. AeroVironment’s common GCS interfaces with all of its tactical ISR air vehicles reducing the level of training required and decreasing the time and cost involved.

Product Specs

Payloads Gimbaled payload with pan and tilt stabilized high resolution EO & IR camera in a compact aerodynamic modular payload.
Range 5 km Line-of-Sight, 5+km with DDL relay
Endurance 50 min
Speed 20 knots cruise, 45+ knots dash
Operating Altitude (Typ.) 500 ft (152 m) AGL
Wing Span 3.3 ft (102 cm)
Length 2.5 ft (76 cm)
Weight 2.85 lbs; 1.3 kg
GCS Common GCS with Raven® and Puma
Launch Method Hand-launched in a confined area with remote launch capability
Recovery Method Deep-stall landing in a confined area

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UAS: RQ-20B Puma™ AE

When the Pentagon needed a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed for both land and maritime operations, they had to be certain. When the U.S. Coast Guard's Polar Star wanted a better solution to chart the Antarctic ice ahead–and when a firefighter was lost in California's rugged coastal mountains, they too had to be certain of their choice. The same choice for them all–AeroVironment's Puma AE (All Environment).

Capable of both ground and water landings, Puma AE's innovative fuselage provides an operational flexibility never before available in the small UAS class. On the ground, Puma AE is man portable. Its powerful propulsion system and aerodynamic design make launch efficient and easy. But it's in the air where Puma AE quietly and effectively gets to work.

Equipped with both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera and illuminator, Puma AE keeps the operator's "eyes on target". While the precision navigation system with secondary GPS insures positional accuracy up to its 15 km range. An optional under wing transit bay easily integrates third party payloads such as communication relay, geo-location, or laser marker to meet the diverse needs of military or civilian applications.

Operated from AeroVironment's battle-proven ground control station (GCS)–the same that drives our Raven and Wasp UAS platforms–the GCS allows the operator to control the aircraft manually or program it for GPS-based autonomous navigation. Puma AE can deliver 3.5+ hours of flight endurance while versatile smart battery options support diverse mission requirements. A provided plug and play power adapter also makes for easy integration of extended endurance options such as solar wings.

Whether it's on the battlefield or the ice field, on land or at sea, Puma AE provides persistent, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data (ISRT) so that our customers can proceed with certainty.


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Product Specs

Payloads Gimbaled payload, 360 degree continuous pan, +10 to -90 degrees tilt, stabilized EO, IR camera, and IR Illuminator all in one modular payload
Range 20 km
Endurance 3+ hours with an LE battery
Operating Altitude (Typ.) 500 ft (152 m) AGL
Wing Span 9.2 ft (2.8 m)
Length 4.6 ft (1.4 m)
Weight 14 lbs (6.3 kg)
GCS Common GCS with Raven® and Wasp® AE
Launch Method Hand-launched, rail launch (optional)
Recovery Method Autonomous or manual deep-stall landing

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EO and IR Cameras

Snipe is equipped with integrated EO (electro-optical) and IR (Infrared) cameras that provide much needed situational awareness for the warfighter who requires the proper intelligence to complete their mission.

Soldier Borne Sensing

Weighing only 140 grams, the Snipe system allows soldiers to wear it on their body where it is easily accessible and can be rapidly deployed, as to not interfere with their existing tactical equipment.

Stealthy

Snipe can fly at speeds over 22 mph and is virtually inaudible at 100 feet AGL, making it the perfect system for short range covert missions where the intelligence gathered directly affects the safety of the soldiers operating it.

Easy-to-Use

Controlled through an intuitive user interface on a ruggedized tablet, Snipe requires minimal training for operation and was designed for easy repair in the field.

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Innovative Design

Quantix combines the advantages of vertical lift-off (safe launch and soft landing) with horizontal flight (speed and area of coverage).  Quantix provides 45 minutes of flight endurance and covers more than 400 acres per hour.

Collects Everything in One Pass

With built-in dual 18 MP cameras, Quantix captures twice the imagery within the same amount of time as other drones. It simultaneously collects high-resolution RGB and multispectral R,G,NIR images at 400 ft altitude. It also incorporates a self-calibrating solar sensor, taking ambient light to calibrate the multispectral sensor.

Powerfully Simple – Say Goodbye to the Learning Curve

The operator simply traces their finger over a map displayed on a tablet controller screen to identify the area of interest, then presses the “fly” button and Quantix does the rest. Upon landing, instant insight is provided on the tablet. For deeper analysis, upload your data to AeroVironment's Decision Support System (AV DSS™).

Multiple Sensors

The Mantis i45 comes equipped with Dual 15 megapixel color cameras, infrared camera, 1.2 MP low light camera, and an 860 nm laser illuminator integrated into a compact, all-environment sensor package.

7x More Zoom

The i45 system offers seven times more zoom capability (or the ability to be seven times the distance from a target) than our previous gimbaled camera systems without much sacrifice in size, weight, and power.

Undetectable Range

Due to the zoom and range abilities of the Mantis i45, the Puma AE can now be visually and audibly undetectable by potential targets on the ground, providing the highest resolution imagery in a gimbal this size.

Aerodynamic Design

Very small visual, thermal, and acoustic signatures with a 10+ km radius of operation 10+ minute endurance and speed ranging from 55 to 85 kts.

Payload

Low collateral precision strike warhead.

Sensors

IR camera and dual forward and side look EO cameras.

Man Packable and Rugged

Ruggedly deployable and tube launched. Fits inside ALICE pack weighing approximately 5.5 lbs (includes payload, launcher, and transport bag).

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Payload Types

Gimbaled EO/IR cameras with IR illuminator. Digital stabilization. Continuous pan, +10 to -90 degree tilt.

Dual forward and side-look EO cameras. Digital stabilization electronic pan-tilt-zoom.

Optional: Side-look IR Camera, forward-look IR camera.

Hand-launched Unmanned Aircraft System: Raven

Hand Launched

A lightweight, hand-launched solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility. 

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Simple Operation

The Raven features simple operation. autonomous navigation, autoland, and an inter-operable system interface.

The UAS Raven has an aerodynamic design

Aerodynamic Design

With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and a weight of 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight ranges up to 10 kilometers. 

Efficient Motor

This low acoustic and efficient propulsion system enables a flight endurance of 50 minutes. Operators can see incredible detail without being detected.

Auto Pilot

This custom designed autopilot includes a Digital Data Link (DDL) compatible with Wasp, Raven and Puma AE Ground Control System (GCS).

Payload

This mechanical and digital gimbaled payload features an integrated high resolution EO and 640 x 480 IR camera for superior imagery. 

Landing Camera

An integrated landing camera provides operators with excellent situational awareness during landing. 

Man Packable & Rugged

A small, portable, reliable, and rugged unmanned aerial platform designed for front-line day/night reconnaissance and surveillance.  Ruggedized for use on land and sea, Wasp AE is AeroVironment's smallest UAS with a gimbaled EO and IR payload.

LRUs

The motor and motor controller battery, payload and control surface actuators are all replaceable in the field within minutes and without the use of special tool.  This increases the operational availability of each UAS. 

More Powerful Propulsion System

This more powerful propulsion system makes the new version of the Puma AE significantly more efficient and easier to launch especially in high altitudes and hotter climates.

Increased Capacity for Payloads

The Puma AE Carries a gimbaled payload with a high-resolution electro-optical (EO) 640 x 480 infrared (IR) camera, plus illuminator. An optional under wing Transit Bay is available for easy integration of additional third party payloads such as communications relay, geo locations, or laser marker to meet the diverse needs of military or civilian applications.

Precision Navigation System

AeroVironment's common ground control system allows the operator to control the aircraft manually or program it for GPS-based autonomous navigation using operator-desigated waypoints. The enhanced precision navigation system with secondary GPS provides greater positional accuracy and reliability of the system.

Supports Longer Range ISR Missions

The Puma AE delivers 3+ hours of flight endurance, with versatile smart battery options to support diverse mission requirements. A plug and play power adapter is provided for easy integration of futures extended endurance options such as solar and fuel cell solutions.

Improved Durability / Aerodynamic Design

The Puma AE has been redesigned to make it more aerodynamic with rounded edges to reduce wind drag and and increase launch efficiency. Plus the fuselage is significantly stronger with a reinforced shell construction. The rugged nature of this small UAS enable it to endure landing after landing thereby reducing maintenance costs.