Another important success for an Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) manufacturer. The company recently won a contract to supply its SpiLite mini UAS to a Latin American country. The system will be used for a variety of missions. BlueBird Aero will showcase its UAS in the upcoming AUS&R event organized by i-HLS. This unique event will include live demonstrations of aerial, ground and naval unmanned systems.
Defense sources in Israel told i-HLS that the SpyLite will be equipped with an optical payload that is capable of detecting a variety of targets including those that are hidden. The sources say that while the SpiLite is defined as a civil system it may be used for a large variety of missions according to the client’s needs. In April, BlueBird Aero won a contract to supply its SpyLite Mini-UAS Systems to the Chilean Army, with deliveries to start soon.
According to Ronen Nadir, president of BlueBird Aero, the SpyLite is a mature, advanced, combat-proven, extended performance electric Mini-UAS, optimized to provide covert, “over-the-hill” or extended range real-time visual intelligence.
The company says that the UAS is unique in its ability to fly in strong winds and on cloudy or rainy days, assuring high operational availability for over 4 hours and a communication range of over 50km. The SpyLite system can also be configured to back-packed, vehicle-mounted or HQ stationary configurations. The company says that the mini UAS is fully autonomous, from its point of launch to its accurate parachute and airbag recovery.
According to the company, by combining a stabilized CCD and IR payload with proprietary ground exploitation software – the SpyLite allows for GPS-marked imagery to be relayed in real time to the ground station. This capability delivers enhanced situational awareness, contributing substantially to the success of the mission.