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2020-09-01

Swiss Army Selects Lockheed Martin’s Indago 3 UAS

Armasuisse contracted Lockheed Martin for a fleet of Indago 3 small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with options for spares, training and tech support and additional systems for the Swiss Army.
 
Indago provides aerial reconnaissance in environments unreachable by normal fixed-wing, unmanned aircraft systems.
 
The first phase comprises manufacturing development to optimise Indago 3’s configuration to meet Swiss Army requirements. These include integration of a transponder for sense and avoid; installation of the Silvus Technologies’ radio; and implementation of Lockheed Martin CDL Systems’ VCSi Touch SUAS Ground Control System software that includes access to Swiss maps, including digital terrain elevation data (DTED), and Geofencing.
 
The first set of optimised systems will be delivered later this year with the remaining systems to be delivered several months following the first delivery. These Indago 3s will support tactical level reconnaissance and surveillance to support information collection, search and rescue, disaster relief and battle damage assessment.
 
Depending on payloads and operating environment, Indago 3 has a flight time of up to 50 minutes, a range of 10 kilometres, a cruise speed of 25 knots and dash at up to 40 knots, and can be easily transported by a single backpack and deployed in less than three minutes.
 

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