The TRACER was designed to provide a low-cost alternative for manned-unmanned teaming operations, counter-UAS missions, reconnaissance, communications and electronic warfare By Caroline Rees / 27 Apr 2022
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Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation (NASC) is continuing to develop the NASC TRACER multirole, jet-engine, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a low-cost, high-performance UAV designed for speed, versatility and survivability. The company unveiled the TRACER UAV at AUVSI Xponential 2022 in Orlando, Florida. 

Leveraging a custom modified version of the proven SubSonex airframe from Sonex Aircraft, the NASC Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Special Projects Team developed the new jet UAV and its new companion Mobile Operations Center simultaneously. 

The TRACER and Mobile Operations Center offer a unique combination of technology and performance typically found in more expensive UAS. The TRACER itself will provide US Department of Defense (DoD) and industry customers with a high-speed and reliable platform for the development and testing of various technologies.

With a wingspan of 18’ and a gross takeoff weight less than 1,500 lbs., the NASC TRACER provides capabilities that are traditionally found in larger and more expensive UAS. The easily field-maintainable aircraft is intended for a wide range of operations including Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T), reconnaissance, counter-UAS, communication relay, insertion into contested airspace, electronic warfare, research and development, military training activities and many other mission sets. 

Multiple payload locations exist within the fuselage, under the wings, on the centerline of the fuselage and within the nose radome allowing the TRACER to be configured with a wide variety of advanced payload systems.

“Developing what we at NASC consider a ‘Best Value, Low Risk’ UAV alternative to larger and more expensive options is a proud moment for all of us at NASC,” said Bryan Hazlett, Vice President, UAS Sector, Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation. “Our team has truly gone above and beyond to produce a highly capable platform that answers the call for a multi-mission, jet UAS.”

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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
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