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LAAD 2019: Aeronautics Addressing Military, Security and Civil Applications

Latin America a Strategic Market

Founded in 1997 and specialising in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) which are now in operation in over 50 countries, the Aeronautics Group has come to LAAD 2019 with the objective of promoting its evolving product line and targeting several sectors of the Latin American market, which it considers to be a strategically important one. In Brazil, the company has been talking to governments, institutions and prospective clients to establish partnerships in projects, maintenance and after-sales support. The solutions on offer range from catapault-launched UAS to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems.

ORBITER 4 is a multifunctional UAS with the ability to simultaneously transport and operate two different payloads. It has an open architecture to meet the operator’s specific needs and is designed to be equipped with maritime patrol radar (MPR); synthetic aperture radar (SAR); electro-optical (EO) equipment; and satellite communionss. It has an operating ceiling of 18,000ft and endurance of 24 hours.

ORBITER 3 is more compact and lighter in weight, aimed at military operations and internal security, with a 100km of range and six hours of flight time. It has sensors for day and night operations, an IR camera and laser pointer.

ORBITER 2 is even lighter, with an operating range of 80km and endurance of three hours. Its operation requires only two people and its payload consists of a multisensor camera and a gyroscopically-stabilised laser pointer, with other mission fits optional. It is designed to fly in adverse weather conditions and is currently in operation in 35 different locations around the world.

In the VTOL segment, the PEGASUS 120 is Aeronautics’ bet. Its 75kg payload can accommodate communications and visual intelligence sensors. Its main applications are for the special forces and public safety segments.

Open architectures and a flexible approach make Aeronautics’ UAS platforms particularly suitable for civil missions such as security, agricultural and environmental monitoring, especially in cases in which the regions to be monitored are vast, inaccessible, or both. The Amazon basin, for example?

João Paulo Moralez

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