De­mon­stra­tion of SW-4 Solo Ro­tary Wing UAV launched


Leonardo-Fin­mec­ca­nica re­cently demon­strated the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its ad­vanced SW-4 Solo ro­tary un­manned air sys­tem as well as its air­borne sen­sors such as the SAGE elec­tronic war­fare and Osprey E-Scan radar sys­tems in­te­grated us­ing its skyISTAR mis­sion man­age­ment sys­tem in or­der to sup­port ISR mis­sions at Royal Navy’s Un­manned War­rior 2016. The com­pany has been in­vest­ing in un­manned ro­tor­craft tech­nol­ogy which it be­lieves can de­liver or con­trib­ute to the de­liv­ery of a wide range of mis­sions cost ef­fec­tively and also com­ple­ment its range of manned naval he­li­copters.

The SW-4 Solo ro­tary un­manned air sys­tem (RUAS) is based on the proven SW-4 light sin­gle en­gine he­li­copter. It is de­signed for both pi­loted (op­tion­ally pi­loted he­li­copter, OPH) and un­manned op­er­a­tions, for max­i­mum op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity. The RUAS ver­sion of the SW-4 is ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing a num­ber of roles, in­clud­ing ISR and cargo re-sup­ply, in both land and naval en­vi­ron­ments. When pi­loted, the SW-4 Solo can un­der­take manned ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion of per­son­nel, sur­veil­lance and in­ter­ven­tion. The SW-4 is EASA cer­ti­fied, en­sur­ing safe op­er­a­tions when op­er­at­ing in the manned and un­manned modes.

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