The Cerberus GL developed by Skyborne Technologies, participating as part of Team Defence Australia (Stand 07-C04, Australia Pavilion), is a lightweight unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) designed for tactical fire support, writes Sam J Basch.
It has the ability to fire multiple 40mm grenades and perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) before, during and after its fire mission.
The tri-tilt rotor design allows the 6kg airframe to be used as a primary gimbal to aim munitions, such as 40mm grenade launchers, 12-gauge shotguns or RPGs, without the need for a low-slung, heavy gimbal. Instead, the compact +/-10° gimbal provides fine pointing accuracy.
Its armament is mounted close to the UCAV’s centre of gravity to ensure recoil robustness, which results in a smaller vehicle. The armament payloads are fired electronically. It has a 22-minute endurance with a full payload of three 40mm grenades, with a speed of 45km/h. Effective firing range is 180m line of sight, and the UCAV is launched and recovered by vertical take-off and landing.