Swiss Army to receive Indago 3 small drones from Lockheed Martin

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Pentagon’s No.1 weapons sup­pli­er Lock­heed Mar­tin Corp. has announced that the Swiss Army choos­es Inda­go 3 small unmanned air­craft sys­tems (UAS) for tac­ti­cal recon­nais­sance and surveillance.

Arma­su­isse con­tract­ed Lock­heed Mar­tin for a fleet of Inda­go 3 UAS, with options for spares, train­ing and tech sup­port and addi­tion­al sys­tems for the Swiss Army, accord­ing to a com­pa­ny news release.

Inda­go pro­vides aer­i­al recon­nais­sance in envi­ron­ments unreach­able by nor­mal fixed-wing, unmanned air­craft systems.

The first phase com­pris­es man­u­fac­tur­ing devel­op­ment to opti­mize the Inda­go 3’s con­fig­u­ra­tion to meet Swiss Army require­ments. These include:

Inte­gra­tion of a transpon­der for sense and avoid; Instal­la­tion of the Sil­vus Tech­nolo­gies’ radio; and Imple­men­ta­tion of Lock­heed Mar­tin CDL Sys­tems’ VCSi Touch SUAS Ground Con­trol Sys­tem soft­ware that includes access to Swiss maps, includ­ing dig­i­tal ter­rain ele­va­tion data (DTED), and Geofenc­ing. The first set of opti­mized sys­tems be deliv­ered lat­er this year with the remain­ing sys­tems to be deliv­ered sev­er­al months fol­low­ing the first deliv­ery. These Inda­go 3s will sup­port tac­ti­cal lev­el recon­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance to sup­port infor­ma­tion col­lec­tion, search and res­cue, dis­as­ter relief and bat­tle dam­age assessment.

“Inda­go 3 is unique­ly qual­i­fied to sup­port the Swiss Army’s mis­sion needs,” said Steve Fort­son, UAS Port­fo­lio man­ag­er at Lock­heed Mar­tin. “Inda­gos oper­ate very qui­et­ly from rel­a­tive­ly low alti­tude and pro­vide high fideli­ty sen­sor imagery. They are sim­ple to use and require min­i­mal train­ing so sol­diers can quick­ly exe­cute mis­sion. The Sil­vus Tech­nolo­gies radios also deliv­er best-in-class per­for­mance and effi­cien­cy in a minia­ture pack­age. They’re ide­al for use in portable and embed­ded appli­ca­tions where size, weight, pow­er and cost are key.”

Depend­ing on pay­loads and oper­at­ing envi­ron­ment, Inda­go 3 has a flight time of up to 50 min­utes, a range of 10 kilo­me­ters, a cruise speed of 25 knots and dash at up to 40 knots. It can also oper­ate at tem­per­a­tures as low as 30-degrees below zero and as high as 120 degrees Fahren­heit. It’s cyber-secure with high fideli­ty col­or and infrared 3‑axis sta­bi­lized sen­sors – and at approx­i­mate­ly 5 lbs., Inda­go can be eas­i­ly trans­port­ed by a sin­gle back­pack and deployed in less than three minutes.

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