Air Platforms

German Navy to field Puma II UAS

10 May 2018
The Puma II AE is a relatively small, hand-launched UAS designed to provide an ‘over-the-horizon’ reconnaissance capability. Source: US Navy

The German Navy has ordered the AeroVironment (AV) RQ-20B Puma II AE tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) under an urgent operational requirement (UOR), the manufacturer announced on 7 May.

The hand-launched Puma II AE will provide the service with a persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR); force-protection; and over-the-horizon reconnaissance capability without the need to modify the host ship from which it is operated.

For the deal, AeroVironment has partnered with German company ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik GmbH to satisfy the requirement of the Bundesamt fur Ausrustung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).

The RQ-20B Puma II AE differs from the baseline RQ-20A-model in that it is equipped with longer-life battery power sources (increasing endurance to 3.5 hours and range to 20 km), has a ‘transit bay’ that can accommodate ‘additional payloads’, utilises composites in its construction, and features the AV Mantis i45 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) gimballed camera.

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