SpearUAV’s Viper family of loitering munitions has been developed to provide effects across multiple domains.
Vodafone tests Safe-T for 4G coverage
Vodafone Group has tested the Elistair Safe-T tethering station to support the UAS-provision of 4G coverage in areas with no cellular coverage, the company announced on 17 October.
A UAS tethered to the Safe-T station and equipped with a network device can fly for hours while offering coverage with no risk of interference in the network or loss of the UAS.
The company has been experimenting in an uncovered area of northern Andalucía with mobile relays mounted on the Elistair Safe-T tethering station.
The relays are based on an adapted 4G Vodafone CrowdCell. Using the Elistair tethering system, the UAS was able to hover in position at up to 80m above ground level for periods of over a day. In areas where there was no coverage, the solution delivered 4G coverage of up to three megabits per second. The solution can also connect local users without the need to route the call through the main macro network and can offer video streaming for surveillance purposes.
Elistair Safe-T has been approved for tethered flights by French Civil Aviation (DGAC).
It is hoped the system could be marketed for deployment during emergency situations , such as following natural disasters in areas where there is no cellphone coverage.
More from Uncrewed Vehicles
The UK has outlined a strategy on how it will spend billions of dollars on uncrewed systems over the next decade as it transitions to a more mixed force of crewed and uncrewed platforms.
The Spike FireFly saw operational use in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2023 which has led to increased interest in the loitering munition.
The funding towards the MQ-28A Ghost Bat will facilitate the delivery of three Block 2 aircraft with enhanced design and improved capabilities.
The Swedish Home Guard has received Anafi UAVs from Parrot to enhance surveillance and defence capabilities in various conditions.
World Defense Show 2024: Teledyne FLIR develops large CUAS to be sent for service in Ukraine and Middle East
Teledyne FLIR has released information on its new large CUAS system and has also displayed its ThermoSight HISS-HD at World Defense Show 2024.