The world of small portable unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is large, with many players around the world. So customers have a choice when it comes to providing the right platform for the right battlefield needs.
The Spylite, produced by Israel's Bluebird Aerosystems, is used for "small, high-altitude" reconnaissance and data collection missions and has caught the attention of defense powerhouses such as India.
The Spylite system uses only two ground crews to set up, launch, operate and restore the UAS. Its payload is variable, can include sensors and HD cameras for real-time high-resolution (1080p) recording, and the product can fly at ranges of up to 50 kilometers (expandable to 80 kilometers) for up to 4 Hour. It has an inherent GPS anti-jamming system, operates in contested airspace, and a backup data link serves as a backup in the event of an emergency communication loss. Although UAS typically operate in the 3,000 to 3,300 ft range, the absolute maximum flight limit is specified at 30,000 ft.
The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) reaches 9.5 kg.
The Spylite is launched via a collapsible, lightweight, low-cost, rubber-band powered launcher. The transmitter can operate in all weather conditions, day and night. The prep time for assembly is only fifteen minutes.
For the recovery portion of the Spylite flight, the system is fully autonomous, deploying a simple, inexpensive parachute to delay its descent in a preset landing zone. In the process, the aircraft is able to determine its rate of fall based on altitude and wind speed, protecting critical internal systems and the entire aircraft.
A quick release mechanism then allows ground crews to remove the used slide for repackaging and reuse.
The flexibility of the Bluebird extends beyond its reconnaissance capabilities and is certified for target acquisition, disaster/humanitarian assistance, mapping, aerial survey, search and rescue (SAR), border security, convoy protection and law enforcement duties. The low acoustic signature also means that the aircraft is suitable for covert work by special forces.
To date, the Spylite series has flown more than 35,000 hours.
- Search and Rescue (SAR)
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
- Special Forces
4.43 ft (1.35 m)
20 lbs (9 kg)
75 mph (120 km/h; 65 knots)
3,281 ft (1,000 m; 0.62 mi)
31 miles (50 km; 27 nmi)
No. Sensor and camera payload.
Spylite - Base series name