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Lockheed Martin debuts UAV systems

May 9, 2014
Lockheed Martin's Indago VTOL Quad Rotor UAV. (Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin has unveiled three new UAV systems.

The first two are the Indago vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quad-rotor, and its accompanying handheld ground control station. The five-pound, fold-up Indago, which requires no assembly, has a range of five kilometers and an endurance of 45 minutes, according to a Lockheed announcement. It uses the Kestrel autopilot system, which is used on more than 60 aircraft.

"The VTOL features a 360 degree panning capability to aid area surveillance and provide enhanced situational awareness and actionable imagery in support of emergency response needs including search and rescue situations, disaster relief or other surveillance missions," Lockheed said.

The handheld ground control station can run for four hours, and can operate other aircraft as well as the Indago.

The third new system is a commercial Avionics Suite for unmanned aircraft.

"After two years of developing these capabilities, we will now be able to deliver affordable and effective products to both military and commercial customers," said Kevin Westfall, director of unmanned solutions at Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training division. "The Indago VTOL, handheld GCS and advanced Commercial Avionics Suite will provide mobility and high accuracy for a range of missions now and in the future."

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