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Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)

Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)


The Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) is a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to collect weather data, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, and wind measurements over oceans and remote areas. The Aerosonde was developed by Insitu, and is now manufactured by Aerosonde Ltd, which is a division of Textron. The Aerosonde is powered by a modified Enya R120 model aircraft engine, and carries on board a small computer, meteorological instruments, and a GPS receiver for navigation. It is also used by the United States Armed Forces for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)

Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)


Designed for expeditionary land- and sea-based operations and equipped for simultaneous day-and-night full-motion video, communications relay and intelligence in a single flight, the Aerosonde SUAS delivers reliable, multimission performance in a class by itself. Textron Systems’ Aerosonde SUAS is field-proven over more than 150,000 flight hours, including desert heat and Arctic cold. Equipped for day/night full-motion video, communications relay, signals intelligence and a customer selected payload in a single flight, the aircraft offers up to 200 watts of payload power for true multi-mission flexibility. We couple that capability with numerous business models including full system sales with training services, turnkey fee-for-service operations, and a hybrid business model that includes hands-on training during operations.
Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)

Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)


Aerosonde Ltd is an Australian-based developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, including the AAI Corporation Aerosonde series. The company has customers in Australia, Asia and North America who use its vehicles for reconnaissance and meteorological applications. The company gained prominence on 21 August 1998 when an Aerosonde “Laima” became the first unmanned aerial vehicle to cross the North Atlantic, covering a 3270 km route in a time of 26 hrs 45 min. On 22 June 2006, Aerosonde Ltd was acquired by the AAI Corporation. AAI was acquired in 2007 by Textron. By November 2015, Textron Systems was performing Aerosonde operations in “eight or nine” countries for its users, including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and SOCOM, as well as for commercial users consisting of a customer in the oil and gas industry.
Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)

Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)


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US Pilot Died in Sukhoi Crash in Ukraine

US Pilot Died in Sukhoi Crash in Ukraine


RT reports on the crash of a Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter jet in Ukraine during NATO drills in Ukraine, resulting in the death of an American and Ukrainian pilot. Former US Diplomat Jim Jatras joins In Question to share his thoughts on the news as well as recent reports which allege the US and Israel sent a secret delegation to Ukraine recently, to consult the Ukrainian military on how to best evade the Russian S-300 missile defense system, which was delivered to Syria last month.

The pilot of a United States Air National Guard was killed Tuesday when the Ukranian Su-27UB fighter jet crashed in west-central Ukraine field. The accident occurred at around 5:00 PM local time on Oct. 16, 2018, near the village of Ulaniv, which is situated approximately 185 miles southwest of the Ukranian capital Kyiv. The bodies of two pilots were found: one was a pilot of the Ukrainian Air Forces, the second – a US Air Force National Guard pilot. Later, U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)has confirmedthat a U.S. service member was involved in the incident, but has no made an official announcement as to their status. USAFE also said that mishap is already under investigation.

The Su-27UB jet was taking part in Clear Sky 2018, a joint military exercise with NATO members taking place October 8 through 19 in Western Ukraine. Clear Sky 2018 is a joint and multinational exercise that involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Clear Sky 18’s training is intended to increase the level of interoperability of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the Air Forces of the US and NATO, work out effective joint management of operations in the air, work out the sharing of intelligence and surveillance capabilities, as well as cyberdefense focused on the needs of the air forces.

US Pilot Died in Sukhoi Crash in Ukraine

US Pilot Died in Sukhoi Crash in Ukraine