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IDEX 2023: Paramount readies for production of N-Raven loitering munition

Paramount Aerospace Systems N-Raven loitering munition. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)

Paramount Aerospace Systems (PAS) will shortly commence production of its N-Raven loitering munition, the company announced atthe IDEX 2023 show, which was held from 20 to 24 February in Abu Dhabi.

According to PAS press release, production is set to start in April 2023 with first deliveries in October 2023 to meet the urgent requirements of armed forces around the world.

Speaking to Janes, Brian Greyling,CEO of PAS, said that the development of N-Raven started in August 2022 ahead of Africa Aerospace and Defence 2022 (AAD 2022) expo. He explained that the munition has been “digitally designed with quick transfer of technology in mind, to enable governments to manufacture [the N-Raven] in their countries in less than one year”.

“The autonomous long-range precision strike loitering munition, which can strike static and moving targets, is set to undergo various industrial tests. The tests through the development process enable us to start the production of N-Raven soon after,” Greyling added.

The munition is designed to operate in autonomous and covert operations and to have a low visual, thermal, acoustic, and electromagnetic signature. The modularity enables a range of warheads to be integrated.

As shown at the AAD 2022 expo, the N-Raven features a pentagonal cross-section fuselage, low-mounted straight tapered wings ending in upswept wingtips, inverted V-tail, rear-mounted engine driving a two-bladed propeller, and an electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) turret beneath the nose.However, imagery released at IDEX 2023,shows a V-tail configuration.

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