Puma LE (Long Endurance) reflects AeroVironment’s deep recognition of the features warfighters require from an extended-mission unmanned aircraft system. At just 22.5 pounds, this ultra-lightweight Group 2 aircraft is launchable by hand or bungee and provides up to 5.5 hours flight endurance, delivering Group 2 capabilities in a Group 1 footprint. Puma LE is All Environment, and provides an operational range of 60 kilometers in land and maritime environments when used with AeroVironment’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna. The secondary payload bay contains dedicated power and ethernet, providing 3.4 pounds of payload capacity in addition to the integrated Mantis i45 gimbaled EO/IR sensor and NVG-visible laser illuminator for expanded mission capabilities.
Equally important, Puma LE has been designed to maximize our customers’ investment. Its plug-and-play, interoperable LRU components can be shared across other AeroVironment Puma AE aircraft, reducing logistical and training costs and enabling customers to optimize their fielded systems.
|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. Secondary Payload Bay: integrates multi-mission payloads including Electronic Warfare, Communications Relay and others.|
|Total Payload Capacity||5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg)|
|Range||20 km, up to 60 km with LRTA|
|Endurance||5.5 hours with Mantis i45|
|Speed||46-76 km/h, 25 knots cruise, 41 knots dash|
|Wing Span||15 ft (4.6m)|
|Length||7.3 ft (2.2 m)|
|Weight||26 lbs. (11.8 kg) MGTOW|
|GCS||Common GCS with Puma, Raven and Wasp AE|
|Operating Altitude||500 ft (152 ml) AGL Max Launch Alt 10,000 (3048 ml)|
|Launch & Recovery Method||Hand-launched, bungee launch (optional) Autonomous or manual skid landing|