The Snipe Nano UAS Built for ISR Missions
AeroVironment, a global leader in UAS for both military and commercial applications, unveiled the new Snipe Nano Quad. Snipe is a miniature system providing close-range intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). The the first customer delivery of 20 Snipe systems took place in April, with the customer being the U.S. government.
“Snipe’s tiny size belies its impressive capabilities,” said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “It is quick, quiet, fast, durable and packed with advanced features critical to helping our customers succeed in close-range missions.”
The system features electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR), low-light-capable and long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensors in an integrated tilt mechanism. It can relay hi-res images, record real-time video, both day and night, and provides for excellent non-line-of-sight operation.
Snipe is simple to use and requires minimal assembly. The system is worn on operators’ clothing and launches from the palm of your hand, allowing for immediate use. With quiet electric motors, and flight speeds exceeding 20 mph, Snipe is also difficult to detect. Don’t let its small size fool you. This durable nano-UAS can operate under challenging conditions including 15+ mph winds, with gusts up to 20 mph.
“While Snipe’s stealthiness makes it ideally suited for military applications, it’s an invaluable asset for anyone needing a ‘Class 0’ UAS to support their missions,” Flittie said.
Snipe benefits from advances in nano unmanned technology achieved by the company in its development of the Nano Hummingbird. “The Nano Hummingbird, the world’s first unmanned aircraft capable of propulsion and control using two flapping wings, is an example of how our breakthrough innovation has spawned a valuable new capability in Snipe that now will help our customers proceed with certainty,” added Flittie.
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