The variety of sensors that are carried now by many types of unmanned air systems (UAS) is really impressive. But from time to time the combination of a UAS with a sensor carried by it is special.
This happened a few days ago, when Camero, an Israeli company, launched Xaver AID, a UAS carrying an airborne structure-penetrating life detection system
The Xaver AID is a tactical unmanned vertical take-off and landing UAS with the unique capability of providing remote real-time non-line-of-sight detection of life through the roof of a structure.
The system uses the company’s radar-based technology, which has been extensively field-proven in the Xaver family of through-wall imaging systems. According to the company, the AID’s additional optical payload provides a full situational awareness picture both through the structure and of the surrounding area, delivering a quick and tactical solution in urban environments.
Xaver AID is designed for special forces, penetration forces, and intelligence and surveillance teams, solving logistical and safety issues, and allowing forces to “step into the known”. The system reduces mission time, costs and resources.
The Israeli company has development radar-based imaging systems. It is the first time the system has been operated from the air.
The trend is only in its first phase. The different UAS, the operational ones and those that are on the design tables, will all be capable of carrying exotic sensors from Geiger counters through chemical “sniffers” to penetrating ones that are aimed at revealing what is behind walls or under heavy foliage.