UAS: RQ-20B Puma™ AE

The Puma AE (All Environment) is a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed for land based and maritime operations. Capable of landing in the water or on land, the Puma AE empowers the operator with an operational flexibility never before available in the small UAS class.

The Puma AE is durable with a reinforced fuselage construction, man portable for ease of mobility and requires no auxiliary equipment for launch or recovery operations. The system is quiet to avoid detection and operates autonomously, providing persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data (ISRT).

The Puma AE delivers 3.5+ hours of flight endurance, with versatile smart battery options to support diverse mission requirements. Its powerful propulsion system and aerodynamic design make it efficient and easy to launch, especially in high altitudes and hotter climates. A plug and play power adapter is provided for easy integration of future extended endurance options, such as, solar and fuel cell solutions.

It carries both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera plus illuminator on a lightweight mechanical gimbaled payload, allowing the operator to keep “eyes on target.” For increased payload capacity, an optional under wing Transit Bay is available for easy integration of 3rd party payloads such as communications relay, geo locations, or laser marker to meet the diverse needs of military or civilian applications.

The precision navigation system with secondary GPS provides greater positional accuracy and reliability of the Puma AE. The UAV is operated from AeroVironment’s battle proven ground control station (GCS) with a communications range of 15 km. The GCS allows the operator to control the aircraft manually or program it for GPS-based autonomous navigation. AeroVironment’s common GCS is compatibility with the Raven, Wasp and Shrike UAS platforms.


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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 15 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, Wasp and Shrike
Launch Method Hand-launched, rail launch (optional)
Recovery Method Autonomous or manual deep-stall landing

More Information

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.