AeroVironment, a California-based UAS and tactical missile specialist, has released its new Quantix Recon drone.
The UAS boasts hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Combine this with its radio frequency silent mode, and the aircraft is able to conduct missions undetected.
It also delivers on-demand, geo-referenced aerial imagery, providing visibility for on-site mission planning and verification.
AeroVironment said that the onboard processing system delivers high-resolution imagery immediately on the included operating tablet upon landing, with no other devices, internet or software required.
It can survey up to 0.6 square miles per 45-minute flight and the hands-free aircraft comes with five optional flight altitudes between 150 and 800 feet.
“AeroVironment’s Quantix Recon is a low-cost reconnaissance solution that can be in the air within minutes, capturing high-resolution geo-referenced imagery of hard-to-access areas or dynamically changing environments,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development for AeroVironment.
He continued: “Because it does not rely on radio signals during flight, Quantix Recon offers greater stealth for concealed operations and is unaffected by radio frequency jammers, providing greater protection for frontline troops while reducing cognitive load.”