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Germany acquires Puma UAS

9th May 2018 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The German Navy has acquired AeroVironment’s Puma UAS with Mantis i45 sensor, AeroVironment announced on 7 May.

AeroVironment partnered with Germany's ESG to fulfill the requirement for the German armed forces under an urgent operational requirement.

The Puma systems will include the Mantis i45 sensor suite and pocket Remote Video Terminal (p/RVT) which enhances naval missions by adding stand-off/intercept real-time surveillance.

The Mantis i45 gimbal sensor suite for Puma AE delivers improved image resolution to give operators better ISR capabilities. Puma AE is capable of operating from naval vessels and is able to land in water, float until recovered and continue immediate operations.

Kirk Flittie, VP and general manager of AeroVironment’s UAS business segment, said: ‘Our Puma UAS, equipped with our Mantis i45 sensor suite and p/RVT, packs significant capabilities into a portable platform that can operate on naval vessels without the need for modifications to the host ship.

‘Fielding Puma to the German Navy provides rapid and effective force protection as well as interoperability with NATO forces, supporting coalition mission integration.’  

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