AeroVironment's innovative Blackwing is a small, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) that delivers rapid-response Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). The system can be deployed from an underwater submarine using an underwater-to-air delivery canister or ship surface/mobile ground vehicle via tube or Multipack Launcher (MPL).

Blackwing incorporates an advanced, miniature Electro-Optical and Infrared (EO/IR) sensor and provides operators with real-time video for information gathering and feature/object recognition. Its built-in secure Digital Data Link (DDL) delivers cross-domain Command and Control (C2) relay operations between undersea and surface vessels, and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs).

Blackwing is designed to be interoperable with AeroVironment’s Family of UAS, including Puma™ AE, Raven™, and Wasp™ AE, and RF communications systems, including the Long-Range Tracking Antenna (LRTA) and 360 Multi-Sector Antenna (MSA). The system’s small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, or track, even at close ranges. Blackwing has a modular payload bay to enable specific mission capabilities.

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Product Specs

Rapid Launch Rapid-Response ISR
Weight 4 lbs
Launch Method Underwater-to-Air Delivery Canister, Tube, MPL
Tactical Data Relay UAS to UUV
Able to assess Below Line of Sight targets
Modular payload
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
Wingspan 27 inches
Length 19.5 inches
Diameter 3"

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