AUSA 2023: Quantum Systems expands UAV family with Twister
Quantum Systems has confirmed the expansion of its family of systems via its newest platform, the short-range/short-endurance electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Twister.
Twister, which has a flight endurance of 75 minutes, a 10km range and a ceiling of 4,000m, can be disassembled into six parts and carried via a rucksack. The UAV has a wingspan of 1.25m and a cruise speed of 20 m/s. It can be assembled and ready to fly in around two minutes, according to Quantum Systems, and features onboard processing powered by an NVIDIA Jetson Orin AI/Mission processor.
David Sharpin, CEO of Quantum Systems Inc., who spoke to Shephard at AUSA 2023 in Washington DC earlier this month, said the UAVs processer would enable it to ‘fly autonomously without a radio link’.
‘We are displaying the Twister for the first time at AUSA as we are looking for customer feedback and we aim to begin production in Q3 of 2024,’ Sharpin remarked. ‘An operator can handle multiple platforms without needing to change controls and we believe Twister is ideal for squads who operate in urban environments.’
The system can carry third-party payloads of up to 350 gr. At AUSA, the model displayed a Nighthawk2-UZ camera payload, but a CM62 Series camera would also be offered for potential customers.
‘We are sensing interest at AUSA,’ confirmed Sharpin, who was confident that the US and other partner militaries would be interested in Twister due to the company having ‘done our homework’.
Sharpin noted that operators could control Twister with the same control unit used to operate Quantum Systems’ Vector UAV, which Shephard covered in June 2023.
Looking towards the future, Quantum Systems has been ‘working on a platform bigger than our mid-range eVTOL Vector’, according to Sharpin. The Vector weighs 7.4kg and has a 2.8m wingspan. Sharpin added that the company was considering introducing variants of the Twister after the first version has commenced production.
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