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UDT 2022: Underwater Launch for Loitering UAS

SpearUAV Achieves World First

SpearUAV unveiled the encapsulated Ninox 103 loitering munition at UDT in Rotterdam – scoring a world first with an underwater launched UAS.

Designed for undetectable, underwater launch, providing immediate beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness and focused on satisfying existing operational needs, the Ninox 103 sub-to-air is an autonomous AI-based system. Intuitive and easy to operate, it provides an effective way for submarines, AUVs/UUVs and other underwater platforms to gain instant aerial capabilities, supporting a variety of missions, including those of special forces, reconnaissance, and joint force operations.

Capable of instantaneous launch, the system enables operators to receive real-time imaging from beyond the coastline, at long ranges, while remaining undetected and at a distance from land. Ruggedised for the operating environment, the Ninox 103 is payload agnostic, with open architecture that enables third-party datalink integration at need. Seamlessly integrated into existing submarine launching infrastructure, its low visual, thermal and acoustic signatures support operations in low observable mode.

The first technological development of its kind in the world, the Ninox 103 Sub-to-Air has been developed in response to the needs of Spear’s customers worldwide for a drone capable of underwater launch,” explained Gadi Kuperman, SpearUAV CEO. “The system has been successfully tested, and Spear is collaborating with a number of defecse companies as it continues to work on new developments.

An artist’s rendering of a Ninox 103 underwater launch. (SpearUAV)

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