AeroVironment, a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, is now taking orders for its new Puma™3 small UAS, as announced at the AUSA Global Force Symposium that the company
“We are in constant communication with our customers to ensure they have the most innovative and advanced small drones to successfully complete their missions,” said David Sharpin, vice president of AeroVironment’s Tactical UAS business.
“As a result of their feedback, the new Puma 3 includes air vehicle upgrades for operation in even more rugged environments than before, improved ability to support advanced third-party payloads and software applications and reliability in challenging electronic warfare/cyber environments where interference is prevalent.”
(Check out some of the new AeroVironment Puma 3 unmanned aircraft features unveiled at AUSA Global Force. Courtesy of AeroVironment and YouTube)
AeroVironment upgraded the Puma’s airframe to enable robust operation of its i45 EO/IR sensor suite with SIGINT payloads in harsh and demanding environments.
Additionally, the Puma 3 incorporates AeroVironment’s latest digital data link (DDL) with security upgrades to support operation in more challenging radio frequency (RF) environments, with M1/M2/M5 and M3/M4/M6 frequency bands and with AES-256 encryption.
Sharpin added that as part of ongoing efforts to stay at the forefront of battery technology, AeroVironment is releasing a new Puma smart battery that is more efficient and includes safety enhancements.
AeroVironment also has optimized the portability of Puma from six transport cases to four, with a flyable configuration in a single transport case that features luggage-type handles.
All these upgrades are incorporated while maintaining Puma 3’s renowned all-environment capability.
AeroVironment also is developing an upgrade to the RQ-11B Raven, called Raven 3.
The upgraded Raven system will incorporate new camera technology into the i23 gimbaled sensor, similar to advancements made to Puma 3 and its i45 gimbal.
These upgrades are still in progress and more information on Raven 3 will be available at the AUSA Symposium in October.
(AeroVironment Upgrading Raven 3 Unmanned Aircraft. Courtesy of AeroVironment and YouTube)
RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12 Wasp®, and RQ-20A and B Puma™ 3 comprise AeroVironment’s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Operating with a common ground control system (GCS), this Family of Systems provides increased capability to the warfighter that can give commanders the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission to be performed.
This increased capability has the potential to provide significant force protection and force multiplication benefits to small tactical units, fixed installations, naval vessels and security personnel.
AeroVironment provides logistics services worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness and provides mission services for customers requiring only the information its small UAS produce.
AeroVironment has delivered thousands of new and replacement small unmanned air vehicles to customers within the United States and to more than 40 international governments.