Adaptability is the key to AeroVironment's innovative Blackwing UAS. It incorporates an advanced, miniature electro-optical and infrared sensor for rapid-response intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. With its built-in secure Digital Data Link (DDL™), Blackwing can deliver cross-domain command-and-control relay operations among undersea and surface vessels, unmanned underwater vehicles, and is interoperable with AeroVironment’s family of UAS. And its modular payload bay enables a range of mission objectives.
Blackwing can be deployed from a submerged submarine using an underwater-to-surface delivery canister or a surface ship or mobile ground vehicle via tube or multipack launcher. The system’s small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, or track, even at close ranges.
|Rapid Launch||Rapid-Response ISR|
|Launch Method||Underwater-to-Air Delivery Canister, Tube, MPL|
|Tactical Data Relay||UAS to UUV|
|Able to assess Below Line of Sight targets|
|Integrated EO/IR Sensor Suite||Front and side look day/night cameras|
|Observables||Very low visual, thermal, and acoustic signatures|
|Comms||DDL-Joint, Interoperable, Encrypted, Wideband|