London-based firm takes one step closer to military UAV implementation


Horizon Technlogies has released the first images of its Xtender technology on a small rotary-wing UAV, taking one step closer to full military operation.

UAV testing is now being conducted in order to address customer requirements for the small UAV-based Sat phone SIGINT on Thuraya, ISatPhone Pro and Iridium networks.

The Xtender model weighs 220 grams and can be deployed in handheld UAVs as part of the air vehicle, or on large UAVs as part of the air vehicle or on Horizon Technologies’ XPOD-UAV pod.

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The configuration of the Xtender was developed primarily for an Asian Legal Intercept requirement and involves Sat phone geolocation and intercept combined with a 4K mini-EO camera on the UAV.

The production version for the company’s first NATO/FRONTEX customers will be military spec and fully qualified to DO-160.

John Beckner, founder and owner of Horizon Technologies, said: “Xtender is now a reality and it will drastically change the way this type of SIGINT is collected and passed to the warfighter.”

He added: “Instead of waiting for SIGINT data from larger manned aircraft and strategic UAVs, small tactical units will now be able to collect and action this valuable type of SIGINT. The Xtender will be in service and operational next year with at least three end users.”

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