AeroVironment has introduced two new upgrades for its Puma family of tactical UAS (unmanned aircraft systems), expanding the operational capabilities of the aircraft. Developed as a result of collaboration with front-line Puma UAS users, the new improvements include an expanded-capacity smart battery, and a bungee launch system.
The new optional Puma Smart 2500 Battery for the Puma LE provides an extended flight time of up to 6.5 hours, allowing operators to spend greater time on station and maximise the multi-mission capabilities of the aircraft across land and maritime environments. The high-energy-density, lithium-ion battery pack features an improved capacity of 24.5Ah with the correct size and form factor for seamless integration into Puma LE’s existing battery bay.
The military-grade Puma Bungee Launch System (BLS), previously developed as standard equipment for the Puma LE system, is now available as an enhancement option for Puma 2 AE and Puma 3 AE. The BLS allows for the assisted launch of Puma AE UAS in environmental conditions where hand launch is not practical or is limited. Designed with mission-flexibility in mind, the BLS can be securely installed in a variety of soil types or mounted to low, immovable objects, with a setup time of less than 10 minutes.
Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development for AeroVironment, commented: “AeroVironment is committed to anticipating and delivering innovative solutions that are critical to tactical UAS operators downrange. These two new enhancement options will expand our customers’ operational capabilities, while maximizing operator safety and improving operational efficiency, allowing them to focus on the mission at hand.”