Puma LE – Lengthy Endurance – Drones Information
At just 23.5 pounds, this ultra-light Group 2 aircraft can be hand or bungee launched. It offers up to 6.5 hours of flight time and offers Group 2 features on a Group 1 footprint while efficiently stowing it in a mission package with two suitcases. Puma LE is All Environment and offers a range of 60 km in land and sea environments when used with our long-range tracking antenna.
The secondary payload bay provides dedicated power and ethernet, and in addition to the built-in Mantis i45 gimbal EO / IR sensor and NVG-visible laser illuminator, offers a 3.4 lb payload capacity for expanded mission capabilities. The interoperable plug-and-play LRU components can be shared with other Puma AE aircraft.
Puma LE is specifically designed for multi-mission operations with a total payload capacity of up to 5.5 pounds. The aircraft’s rugged secondary payload bay allows third-party payloads to be integrated with a dedicated power supply that delivers 18 to 24 volts at up to 5 amps and an Ethernet port for payload communication. This feature gives operators the flexibility to incorporate special payloads such as electronic warfare, geolocation of RF emitters, laser marking, communications relays, and others.
“Puma LE is the next generation of the battle-hardened Puma AE Small UAS that offers instant tactical ISR, advanced endurance and a dedicated secondary payload bay to dramatically expand its mission capabilities,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development for AeroVironment. “With Puma LE, AeroVironment is expanding the range of small unmanned aircraft systems and enabling our customers to operate safely in constantly changing operating environments.”
Puma LE can be operated manually or autonomously with the usual GCS from AeroVironment. Puma LE uses plug-and-play components for interoperable Line Replaceable Units (LRU) that can be shared with other Puma AE aircraft. This native compatibility reduces training and the logistical impact on operators. In addition, current Puma AE customers can now optimize their field systems by buying Puma LE as an additional aircraft and simply installing Puma AE LRU components. Several Puma LE system options give customers the flexibility to choose the right configuration based on the mission requirements.