UAS: Puma™ 3 AE

AeroVironment’s expertise in UAS technology is epitomized by our third-generation Puma 3 AE (All Environment). We have equipped the Puma 3 AE with the powerful Mantis i45 gimbaled payload for use in day, night, or low-light environments, an array of communication frequencies (M1/M2/M3/M4/M5/M6), all protected with powerful AES-256 bit encryption, and a reinforced airframe with optional under wing transit bay for secondary payloads and third party applications.

With both manual and autonomous navigation capability, Puma 3 AE’s newly enhanced propulsion system makes it significantly more efficient and easier to hand-launch. Deep- stall lading capability makes aircraft recovery simple and precise. All these advanced features can be used in land or maritime operations.

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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.