Swiss Military Chooses Lockheed Martin’s Indago Three UAS for Tactical Reconnaissance and Surveillance – Drones Information


Armasuisse commissioned Lockheed Martin (LMT) with a fleet of Indago 3 small aircraft (UAS) with options for spare parts, training and technical support as well as additional systems for the Swiss Army.

Indago offers aerial reconnaissance in environments that cannot be reached with normal unmanned fixed-wing aircraft systems.

The first phase involves manufacturing development to optimize the configuration of the Indago 3 to meet the needs of the Swiss Army. These include:

  • Integration of a transponder for detection and avoidance;
  • Silvus Technologies radio installation; and
  • Implementation of Lockheed Martin CDL Systems’ VCSi Touch SUAS ground control system software, which includes access to Swiss maps including digital terrain elevation data (DTED) and geofencing.

The first set of optimized systems will be delivered later this year, the remaining systems will be delivered a few months after the first delivery. These Indago 3 support tactical reconnaissance and surveillance to support information gathering, search and rescue, disaster relief and combat damage assessment.

“Indago 3 is uniquely qualified to meet the mission needs of the Swiss Army,” said Steve Fortson, UAS portfolio manager at Lockheed Martin. “Indagos work very quietly from a relatively low height and deliver sensor images with high fidelity. They are easy to use and require minimal training so soldiers can complete their mission quickly. Silvus Technologies radios also offer premium performance and efficiency in a miniature package. They are ideal for use in portable and embedded applications where size, weight, performance and cost are critical. “

Depending on the payload and operating environment, Indago 3 has a flight time of up to 50 minutes, a range of 10 kilometers, a cruising speed of 25 knots and a speed of up to 40 knots. It can also operate at temperatures as low as 30 degrees below zero and up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s cyber-proof with high-fidelity color and 3-axis stabilized infrared sensors – and at around 5 pounds, Indago can be easily transported with a single backpack and used in less than three minutes.

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About Silvus Technologies

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Silvus Technologies develops advanced world-class communications technologies that are transforming the tactical wireless communications landscape. Silvus’ revolutionary Mobile Networked MIMO technology uses a proprietary blend of MIMO antenna technology, COFDM modulation and Mobile Ad Hoc Networking to deliver unmatched range, throughput and mobility even in the most difficult environments. From the pure line of sight to the extreme non-line of sight, Silvus radios enable reliable duplex connectivity between two or more radios and form a self-healing, self-forming mesh network that continuously optimizes conditions in response to channel changes.

About Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a global security and aviation company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is primarily concerned with research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and maintenance of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

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