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.