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Mini and Micro UAS

The requirement for small, lightweight, and affordable backpackable UAVs to be used by dismounted infantry soldiers, Marines, and Special Operations personnel for reconnaissance, security, and target acquisition operations, particularly in restricted environments has pushed SELEX Galileo to complete its range of soldier sensors with a new line of Mini and Micro UAS developed at the Ronchi dei Legionari site

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CREX-B, a multi-configuration MICRO-MINI FIXED WING UAS. Photo: © Selex Galileo.
CREX-B, a multi-configuration
MICRO-MINI FIXED WING UAS.
Photo: © Selex Galileo.

Designed for rapid deployment and high mobility the systems provide the smaller echelons of the combat team with dedicated reconnaissance support, early warning, force protection, battle damage assessment and target acquisition.

SELEX Galileo has developed these products as a complement to the Dismounted Soldier equipment and therefore has given particular attention to weight and easy operations. All systems are deployable by a single operator and packed in a lightweight backpack.

With a common system architecture and Ground Command and Control Station (GCCS), users can easily switch from one system to another, moving from a fixed wing system or a ducted fan (VTOL) system, in order to meet different operational requirements.

The standard system architecture and the common ground segment cuts training and operations costs significantly particularly for customers requiring different types of UAVs.

Each MUAS and GCCS is supplied with standard software features including video stabilisation, target locking, tracking and geo-localization/positioning. A common system interface allows the GCCS to be connected to an optional observer unit (for payload control and/or mission planning and execution) and to an external C4i network for information dissemination.

SELEX Galileo’s Common Ground Control Station for Mini and Micro UAS. Photo: © Selex Galileo.
SELEX Galileo’s Common Ground Control Station for Mini and Micro UAS. Photo: © Selex Galileo.

The CREX-B, a multi-configuration MICRO-MINI FIXED WING UAS, is characterized by an innovative pitch and motor controller that allows it to be easily hand launched by the operator with a short/vertical hand release method. The UAS can also be launched from a bunker or from inside a vehicle without exposing the operator as a large open space is not required for launch. The CREX-B can also, thanks to a brake motor control system, land in a very short area, even within a wall enclosures. The air vehicle carries an underside stabilised interchangeable gimbal camera (D/N or IR/Thermal) with pan & tilt movements which displays the ground over which the UAS is flying and can also track a single area or target in a loiter maneuver. The very low noise signature makes the UAS inaudible at very short distances.

The ASIO-B is a fully automatic electrical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS specifically designed for “hover and stare” and surveillance roles. It carries a 1.8 kg payload and has an endurance over 30 minutes with a MTOW of 6.8 kg (excluding payload). The ASIO-B can be operated in automatic or semi-automatic modes and is programmed through its ground control station. The payload can be controlled manually at any time during the flight. The ASIO-B has been developed in according to MIL-STD-810F, to EN 61000 and to STANAG 4703 standards. The ASIO-B UAS is supplied with a standard stabilized, swivelling gimbal with EO and/or IR cameras, different cameras and sensors are available. ASIO B has been selected for the Italian Army FNEC programme.

The SPYBALL-B is a MICRO VTOL UAS specifically designed for over the hill intelligence with a MTOW of 2 kg and an endurance of 30 minutes. The ducted fan feature increases system safety and robustness. The SPYBALL-B has been developed in accordance with MIL-STD-810F, EN 61000 and STANAG 4703 and it is supplied with a standard stabilised gimbal with EO and/or IR cameras, different cameras and sensors are available.

The DRAKO MICRO UAS is a quad-rotor electrical system designed for commercial and security operations such as law enforcement, emergency response, disaster control and management, SAR, environmental monitoring and other requirements. The system utilises breakthrough technological solutions derived from the development of SELEX Galileo’s military MUAS systems, thus providing improved system safety, robustness, reliability, navigation and control features. The system has an endurance of over 15 minutes at a MOTW of 4 kg and payload capacity of over 1.6 kg. Different sensor options are available according to its applications. Sensors are installed on a camera mount stabilised on two or three axes. n

The DRAKO MICRO UAS is a quad-rotor electrical system designed for commercial and security operations. Photo: © Selex Galileo.
The DRAKO MICRO UAS is a quad-rotor electrical system designed for
commercial and security operations. Photo: © Selex Galileo.

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