Diamond to Introduce GUARDIAN Optionally Piloted Vehicle at ILA

By Caroline Rees / 10 Sep 2012

The GUARDIAN Aircraft can be used as an unmanned aircraft or optionally piloted vehicle

Diamond Aircraft will introduce the DA42 GUARDIAN remote sensing platform at ILA Berlin International Air Show 2012.

The GUARDIAN is an airborne surveillance and reconnaissance platform equipped with two turbo-diesel engines and a range of up to 1800km with a fuel consumption of 28l/hr. The aircraft already operates in 28 countries worldwide and can be used as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV).

Equipped with a COMINT system from Rohde & Schwarz, the DA42 remote sensing platform reliably detects, identifies and locates radio signals. It is the perfect solution for border guard, maritime rescue or military missions.

Airborne communications intelligence significantly increases the efficiency of monitoring and intelligence missions. Airborne platforms make it much easier to monitor difficult-to-access terrains, the open sea and green borders.

Radio signals can be detected, identified and located regardless of the time of day and
visibility conditions. Broadband signal interception and processing ensures that signals are
reliably detected. It is even possible to monitor multiple radio channels per frequency band.

The system is fully certified and can be integrated within a few days. While performing
demonstration flights in Austria and Germany the new COMINT platform exceeded all
expectations. The platform is complemented by an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera allowing the scenario to be additionally visualized.

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact