Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tube-launched WASP M4-TL tactical UAS for military usage

Drones are changing the way deliveries of goods and services as well as they are very helpful in the military for surveillance and rescue operations. However, some drones are heavy and oversized, making them difficult to carry around. To overcome this, many companies made foldable drones, which are mainly focused on photography purposes.

A UK-based, unmanned aircraft manufacturing company, ISS Aerospace, has unveiled the functional prototype of the tube-launched WASP M4-TL tactical UAS quadcopter for military usage.

WASP, representing the next-generation technology for semi-autonomous aerial systems, offers unparalleled flexibility and cost-effective enhancements for various applications, including critical detector and effector missions in defense and security.

The WASP drone is man-portable and can be deployed in less than three seconds. The launcher can be operated physically by a person or remotely if mounted on a vehicle, infrastructure, or ship.

After the initial rocket launch, the platform switches to conventional multi-rotor flight. Depending on the mission, the entire system is reusable and can be stored for extended periods while being ready for rapid deployment.

The WASP drone has a high-performance gimbal-mounted EO/IR camera with a range finder along with a modular payload system of up to 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) of cargo, and it can deliver payload up to 24 km (15 miles) accurately.

Flexible communications support critical decision-making through shared, real-time imagery and control options. Meanwhile, powerful onboard computing and open system architecture enable extensive payload integration and usage.

Moreover, ISS’ aircraft is also capable of swarming and has a wide range of operational uses, including multi-domain situational awareness and threat assessment, C-SUAS, ground or maritime force protection missions, and emergency medical supplies.

The WASP M4-TL drones can be configured to individual clients’ needs. This drone will be on display at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) show in London later this month.