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Airbus Defence offers SkyGhost ER
Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) and UAV subsidiary Survey Copter have unveilled the SkyGhost ER extended-range mini tactical UAV the latest in its family of systems on 17 May.
The company said that it would be pushing the system as a Mini-Drones Reconnaissance System (SMDR).
The SkyGhost ER is the next entry in the mini UAV family manufactured by Airbus DS and Survey Copter for France and export markets. It has a compact design and is suited for air-land reconnaissance missions.
It can be deployed with a two-man crew and can closely shadow military operations. The UAV is fully automated with several backup modes, and is deployable in 15 minutes. It can be deployed in urban environments, mountainous areas and flat terrain.
The UAV has 360-degree visible and infrared high-resolution cameras and a laser designator integrated in a stabilised plug-and-play turret. It uses a low-noise electric engine and features carbon fibre structures and shock absorbers to handle harsh landings.
Operators can enter a reconfigurable and preprogramed plan during the mission for the UAV to fly autonomously, enabling operators to focus on the reconnaissance mission. The vehicle has a 30km manoeuvre range area and endurance of over three hours. It features a secure NATO data-link for real-time transmission and fully-digital multi-format 3D-2D cartography.
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