UVision is trying to enter the saturated market of unmanned air systems with expendable systems for reconnaissance and strike tasks.
The Israeli company has released the first details about its Hero 30 expendable reconnaissance UAS and Hero 400 loitering attack munition (above): rebranded versions of its previous Wasp and Blade Arrow products. Both modernised air vehicles and a new common command and control system will be exhibited at the Latin American Aerospace and Defence exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, which opens on 9 April.
Weighing 3kg (6.6lb) and with a 30min flight endurance, the electrically powered Hero 30 is launched from a small canister and is intended to be used in support of small tactical units and special forces personnel. The expendable system has a minimal logistics footprint and requires zero maintenance, UVision says.
Powered by a gasoline engine and equipped with an electro-optical/infrared sensor, the 40kg Hero 400 can loiter for up to 4h, before engaging fixed or moving high-value targets with its 8kg warhead. The company says the precision-strike asset can supporting missions at ranges up to 81nm (150km).
Source: Flight International