BAE-UAVTEK Team Showcases Nano Drone Tech at UK Army Warfighting Experiment

BAE-UAVTEK Team Showcases Nano Drone Tech at UK Army Warfighting Experiment
nano Bug drone

A nano unmanned aerial vehicle jointly built by BAE Systems and UAVTEK showed a capability to operate in harsh weather conditions during a British army-hosted military technology demonstration event.

BAE said Monday the lightweight “Bug” UAV is designed to help soldiers collect tactical intelligence and increase their situational awareness through the vehicle’s high-resolution camera and antennas with a 1.24-mile range.

“[The] video feed could be shared multi-domain, enabling commanders on land, sea and air to increase their situational awareness and inform their decisions,” said James Gerard, principal technologist at BAE’s applied intelligence sector.

The 0.4-pound drone is fitted with four rotors that enable the nano vehicle to fly at 50 miles per hour and a quick charge battery that powers its flight for over 40 minutes.

BAE and UAVTEK are studying the potential addition of sensors to enhance the drone and the possible integration of Bug with other military technologies.

Bug was trialed at the Army Warfighting Experiment hosted by the Future Capability Group of the U.K.’s defense ministry.

You may also be interested in...

Blue Origin

Blue Origin Launches 14th New Shepard Mission With Updated Crew Capsule

Blue Origin, a space company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, used a capsule with updated crew systems during the company's 14th mission with the New Shepard rocket. The updated capsule featured new push-to-talk communications systems, noise reduction tools, cushioned wall linings, environmental systems and a crew alert system, Blue Origin said Thursday.

Teledyne

Teledyne Subsidiary to Produce Additional Navy LCS Missile Defense Modules

A Teledyne Technologies subsidiary has secured an $18M contract from Northrop Grumman to manufacture four more missile defense systems for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship mission package.

Orion

Lockheed’s Orion Spacecraft Concludes Assembly, Testing for NASA’s Artemis Mission to Lunar Orbit

Lockheed Martin has sent the Orion capsule to NASA’s exploration ground systems team for final preparations ahead of the unmanned Artemis I mission to lunar orbit that will launch later this year. The spacecraft concluded assembly operations and testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.