AeroVironment introduces 360 MSA for Puma AE
AeroVironment has introduced a new 360 multi-sector antenna (MSA) for its Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 3 April.
Specifically designed to support Puma AE maritime missions, the 360 MSA will provide naval operators with tactical situational awareness, and eliminate the need to redirect the vessel or reconfigure the direction of an antenna to maintain an effective communication link.
Featuring an integrated array of 24 high-gain auto-selective antennas, the new 360 MSA analyses downlink data quality and automatically switches between antenna patches with greater margin to deliver 360° continuous command and control coverage within a 20km nominal range.
The antenna will enable commanding officers to maintain complete control of the Puma AE aircraft and payload and access real time, decision critical ISR information.
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