UAS: RQ-20B Puma™ 3 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 3 AE.
Capable of both ground and water landings, Puma 3 AE's innovative fuselage provides an operational flexibility never before available in the small UAS class. On the ground, Puma 3 AE is man portable. Its powerful propulsion system and aerodynamic design make launch efficient and easy. But it's in the air where Puma 3 AE quietly and effectively gets to work.
Equipped with both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera and illuminator, Puma 3 AE keeps the operator's "eyes on target." While the precision navigation system with secondary GPS insures positional accuracy up to its 20 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 3 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 3 AE provides persistent, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data (ISRT) so that our customers can proceed with certainty.
|Payloads||Gimbaled payload, 360 degree continuous pan, +10 to -90 degrees tilt, stabilized EO, IR camera, and IR Illuminator all in one modular payload|
|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|