Rheinmetall and AeroVironment, an American unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer, have teamed to take part in a NATO special forces project. Group subsidiary Rheinmetall Technical Publications GmbH and AeroVironment have applied to participate in a procurement programme for a small UAS intended for special operations and infantry applications. Its Puma 3 AE UAS is in operation with armed forces around the world, while its modular concept offers the optimum platform for a small UAS for special forces. The system must be capable of operating in all conditions and environments, have a maximum weight of ten kilos, and an operating range of 30 kilometres.
Redesigned to deliver class-leading performance, the lightweight group 1 UAS features a reinforced airframe with an optional under wing transit bay for secondary payloads and third-party applications. Multi-mission capable, operators can swap between Mantis™ i45 and the enhanced night variant Mantis™ i45 N, for day, night, and low light operations in all environments. Launchable by hand, bungee, rail, or vehicle, and recoverable by deep-stall landing, the Puma 3 AE provides class leading capability in challenging environments around the world. Available kits and accessories expand the operational capabilities and GPS-denied navigation in contested environments.
Rheinmetall and AeroVironment are ideally suited for developing and putting forward a compelling solution. AeroVironment is an industry leader in the design, development and production of unmanned aircraft systems. A certified aviation technology company, Rheinmetall Technical Publications is a systems house for tactical drones. Benefiting from decades long experience, Rheinmetall has the necessary expertise to introduce, support, and adapt drone systems to meet customer specifications. AeroVironment, Inc. is an American defense contractor headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, that designs and manufactures unmanned aerial vehicles.