AeroVironment, Inc. launched the Puma™ VTOL (vertical take-off and touchdown) package, designed for plug-and-play integration into Puma 2 AE and Puma 3 AE small unmanned plane techniques (SUAS). The elective Puma VTOL package expands the operational capabilities of the combat-proven Puma system in complicated terrain, as neither runway nor massive open area are required for launch and restoration of the VTOL-equipped Puma, permitting operators to launch anyplace, anytime.
Leveraging AeroVironment’s Crysalis™ floor management resolution, the added VTOL functionality now permits a single Puma operator to execute missions and streamline operations by means of options like one-button launch and restoration.
“The trendy battlefield gives various kinds of complicated terrain options, each pure and artifical, that may pose challenges to small unit operations and their use of unmanned plane. Our new Puma VTOL package supplies the operator with a wider vary of launch and land capabilities, enhancing the unit’s mission whereas additional safeguarding its personnel throughout these durations of transitional flight,” stated Shane Hastings, AeroVironment’s vice chairman and product line common supervisor for small UAS. “The VTOL package converts the Puma AE right into a extremely exact and agile ISR asset the place a single operator can effortlessly launch the plane from a small area and attain mission-critical data of enemy forces in a well timed method and land on a desired rooftop or different small, focused areas.”
Integration of the Puma VTOL package requires minimal one-time modifications to the plane’s airframe by certified personnel. As soon as modified, the plug-and-play Puma VTOL package might be simply added or eliminated within the discipline inside a few minutes, permitting operators to shortly transition between a fixed-wing and VTOL platform to swimsuit various mission wants with a single plane.
Obtainable as an add-on possibility for brand new Puma 3 AE system orders and as a retrofit package for already fielded Puma 2 AE and Puma 3 AE plane, each fielded and new plane can reap the benefits of this VTOL functionality. To be taught extra in regards to the new operational capabilities of Puma AE and Puma VTOL package, go to www.avinc.com/uas/puma-ae.