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2021-02-04

‏BAE Systems and UAVTEK Develop Nano Drone

BAE Systems and UAVTEK have developed a nano “Bug” drone and delivered the first 30 units to the British Army, which is trialling it.
 
The Bug is a nano-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) weighing 196g – similar to the weight of a smartphone – with 40-minute battery life and a 2km range. It boasts a stealthy low visual profile and the ability to fly even in strong winds of more than 50mph. It was reportedly the only nano-UAV able to cope with the uncompromising weather during a recent Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) event hosted by the Ministry of Defence’s Future Capability Group.
 
In even the toughest weather, the Bug can deliver vital tactical intelligence on what’s around the corner or over the next hill, working autonomously to give troops a visual update. Combined with other information advantage products, the video feed could be shared multi-domain, enabling commanders on land, sea and air to increase their situational awareness and inform their decisions. 
 
The teams are now working on the next developments on the nano-UAV, exploring sensing equipment and capabilities which could be added, as well as how the Bug could be integrated with other military equipment.
 

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