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Eurosatory 2018: BlueBird Aero Systems reveals ThunderB cargo variant

15 June 2018

Richard Fowler, Paris

Israel’s BlueBird Aero Systems has displayed a cargo variant of its ThunderB tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Eurosatory 2018 defence exhibition in Paris.A view of the underwing cargo-carrying configuration of the ThunderB UAV on display at Eurosatory 2018 (IHS Markit / Richard Fowler)A view of the underwing cargo-carrying configuration of the ThunderB UAV on display at Eurosatory 2018 (IHS Markit / Richard Fowler)

The new variant can carry a cargo payload of up to 4 kg in two capsules that can be fitted under the platform’s wings, a company official told Jane’s . Once transported to its destination, the cargo is then dropped using an electro-mechanical mechanism, landing with a “high degree of accuracy” at the intended drop site, he added.

The cargo capsules can also be fitted with a parachute to prevent the payload from being damaged.

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