Paris-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developer Parrot has launched the new Anafi USA quadrotor UAV aimed at military, homeland security, and civil defence applications, the company announced via a teleconference on 30 June.
The Anafi USA draws on the company’s experience in developing the Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) UAV for the US Army and brings several improvements over its original Anafi design including a new camera payload, enterprise-class data security, and IP53 environmental resistance.
Parrot’s new Anafi USA quadrotor UAV incorporates the experience gained from participating in the US Army’s SRR UAV programme. (Parrot)
“[The Anafi USA] is not just a clone of the [original model] – it’s a relation of it but there’s a huge difference between the two with its larger size, camera payload, and ruggedisation,” Chris Roberts, vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, briefed
on 26 June. “It’s the next generation.”
According to company specifications, the Anafi USA has a weight of 500
and measures 252×104×82 mm when folded, expanding to 282×373×84 mm in use.
The air vehicle can travel at a stated maximum horizontal and vertical speed of 52.9 km/h and 21.6 km/h, respectively, and attain a service ceiling of 6,000 m above mean sea level (MSL). A 3400 mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery pack provides a stated flight endurance of 32 minutes.
Parrot claims that the Anafi USA can be prepared for flight in less than 55 seconds and can be operated in wind conditions of up to 14.7 m/s. The company highlighted that the air vehicle can also be flown indoors without GPS and generates a noise signature of just 79 dB when operating 50 cm off the ground.