PSI Tactical Robotics showcases InstantEye UAS family
PSI Tactical Robotics‘ InstantEye Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is a high-performance, low cost aerial system that can be hand-launched and recovered by a single operator in any weather.
“In fact, the InstantEye Mk-2 GEN3 is already in use in the US Navy (USN), although for confidentialy reasons we are not allowed to reveal the name of the unit,” Mike Mackiewicz, director of defence technical operations, told MONS. “The Mk-2 GEN4 is currently in use within the USN and the coastguards.”
The InstantEyes go from stowed to operational in approximately 30 seconds, have an immediate electro-optical/infra-red intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support for the tactical commander and a ruggedised, sunlight-readable ground control station.
“These UAS also come with three payloads,” continues Mr Mackiewicz. “A 10x zoom video camera, a package delivery payload that can carry up to 600g and deliver to both stationary locations and moving vehicles, and a strobe/hailer, which can attract attention or relay audio commands.”
These payloads are as useful on the ground as they are on ships, serving a wide variety of missions such as search and rescue, anti-piracy operations or searching for oil slicks. Their radar signature is equivalent to that of a pigeon but they can fly in winds of up to 56km/h.
“The latest member of the family, the Mk-2 GEN5, is now ready, will be released in July 2017, and is currently competing for a large US army contract,” concludes Mr Mackiewicz.
Dr. Alix Valenti