C-ASTRAL Provides C4ISR Capabilities for VTOL Cargo UAV

By Mike Ball / 03 Feb 2021
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C-ASTRAL Aerospace has been selected to provide C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) capabilities for the upgraded version of Pipistrel’s NUUVA V20 hybrid-electric VTOL cargo UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).

Based on initial customer feedback, Pipistrel decided to relaunch the aircraft with added capabilities. Initially designed to deliver cargo such as spare parts and medical supplies, the NUUVA V20 is being enhanced with an array of payloads, sensors and data link options for achieving superior situational awareness, providing customers with greater versatility.

C-ASTRAL Aerospace was selected due to its extensive experience with UAS integration and R&D, and will upgrade the system with proven C4ISR solutions, intuitive ground station elements, and support suites.

Boštjan Bremec, CTO of C-ASTRAL Aerospace, commented: “The global unmanned systems space is undergoing a not-so-quiet evolution, with pioneering companies such as Pipistrel and C-ASTRAL Aerospace joining forces to field integrated innovative unmanned systems that will work for our customers and their customers down the goods, materials and information supply chains. C-ASTRAL Aerospace is excited to work with Pipistrel on the advanced NUUVA V20 family of unmanned systems and widen this efficient platform customer base from the commercial to the C4ISR world. Our joint sales and support through Pipistrel, C-ASTRAL and Terra Drone networks will also provide a unique value global support and MRO structure for our new customers.”

Ivo Boscarol, founder and CEO of Pipistrel, said: “To make innovation a true success, you need to first set the trend, always respect market feedback and deliver unique, unprecedented solutions, which solve significant customer challenges. The relaunch of NUUVA V20, also thanks to C-ASTRAL Aerospace’s competences, will create a superior product, fulfilling exactly what our customers have asked us to do. At the same time, I see that the NUUVA V20 can be a unique complement to the larger NUUVA V300, or be used as a standalone highly efficient and capable platform.”

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