Indago UAS Adds Tethering Option for Persistent ISR

By Mike Ball / 29 Apr 2019

Lockheed Martin Indago tethered UAS

Lockheed Martin has announced that it has expanded its portfolio of Indago unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to include a tethering option. The tethered drone is designed for military and special forces ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) missions such as counterinsurgency and national security.

Without the tether, the group 1 small UAS Indago 3 flies for 50-70 minutes and can be carried in a rucksack. For uninterrupted ISR, special forces can quickly configure the tether, taking away the need for battery reliance.

“When it comes to unmanned systems and capability, size does matter,” said Michael Carlson, Business Development manager for Indago. “We want to make something as important as force and facility protection as simple and effective as possible – the tethered Indago can do that.”

Its payloads provide high resolution, daytime, electro-optical imagery capable of reading a license plate from a 1000-foot standoff distance. For nighttime, it provides detailed thermal infrared that can identify a person, weapon, and other intelligence, such as warmth of vehicle tracks on the surface. This includes imagery in black hot, white hot, and ironbow, an orange and purple heatmap color scheme.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact