UAS: Puma™ 3 AE

Building on a legacy of continuous improvement, the Puma 3 AE offers system level enhancements for use in land and maritime operations.  The Puma 3 AE empowers the operator with an operational flexibility never before available in the small UAS class including upgrades for secondary payloads and third party applications.  Equipped with the all new Mantis™ i45 Gimbal, the aircraft system provides high resolution imagery for day, night, and low light operations in extreme environments.  Operators can also manually or autonomously navigate the Puma 3 AE while gaining real-time situational awareness and actionable intelligence through AeroVironment's common ground control system.

Puma 3’s expanded capabilities also include more frequencies (M3/M4/M6), enhanced AES-256 bit encryption, improved reliability, reduced maintenance needs, and increased range of operations in a broader set of operating environments. The improved four case transport system allows for more efficient operational deployment, with a flyable configuration in a single grab-and-go case.

Whether it's on the battlefield or the ice field, on land or at sea, Puma 3 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 Mantis i45 Gimbaled payload with dual 15mp EO cameras, 50xf zoom, IR camera and low light camera for night operations, and high power illuminator
Range 20 km standard antenna, 60 km with LRTA
Endurance 2.5 hour flight endurance with an LE battery
Operating Altitude (Typ.) 300-500 ft (91-152 m) AGL
Wing Span 9.2 ft (2.8 m)
Length 4.6 ft (1.4 m)
Weight 15 lbs (6.8 kg)
GCS Common GCS with Raven® and Wasp® AE
Launch Method Hand-launched, rail launch (optional)
Recovery Method Autonomous or manual deep-stall landing

More Powerful Propulsion System

This more powerful propulsion system makes the new version of the Puma 3 AE significantly more efficient and easier to launch especially in high altitudes and hotter climates.

Increased Capacity for Payloads

The Puma 3 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 3 AE delivers 2.5 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 3 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.