Combating counterinsurgency, conducting reconnaissance, collecting information vital to national security, United States Special Forces conduct some of the most sensitive and critical missions.
The people and infrastructure required for these missions also require constant protection through reliable intelligence and surveillance. That’s why Lockheed Martin expanded its Indago portfolio to include a tethered option.
Without the tether, Indago 3 flies for 50-70 minutes and can be carried in a rucksack, leading the group 1 small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) industry in endurance and transportability. For uninterrupted Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), special forces can quickly configure the tether, taking away the need for battery reliance.
«When it comes to unmanned systems and capability, size does matter», said Michael Carlson, Business Development manager for Indago. «We want to make something as important as force and facility protection as simple and effective as possible – the tethered Indago can do that».
Its payloads provide high resolution, daytime, electro-optical imagery capable of reading a license plate from a 1000-foot/305-meter standoff distance. For nighttime, it provides detailed thermal infrared that can identify a person, weapon, and other intelligence, such as warmth of vehicle tracks on the surface. This includes imagery in black hot, white hot, and ironbow, an orange and purple heatmap color scheme.
FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
In addition to its compact folding design and quick setup time, the Indago quadrotor UAS features include:
- Whisper quiet, rugged, all-weather capability;
- Configurable failsafe behaviors;
- Industry-leading image stabilization;
- Proven Kestrel 3 autopilot;
- Multiple hot-swappable payload options;
- Up to 50 minutes flight time with 200-gram/7-ounce payload;
- Line-of-sight range of 2.5 kilometer/1.55 miles;
- More than 3-kilometer range using optional long-range antennae kit;
- A ready to fly weight of 5 lbs. with payload included (2,268 grams);
- UAV dimensions (L × W × H):
- Open: 32 × 32 × 7;
- Folded: 12 × 9 × 6;
- Operating altitude of 10-500 feet/3-152 m Above Ground Level (AGL) (typical), 18,000 feet/5,486 m Median Sea Level (MSL).