The SPARROW LE is a lightweight, compact Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) drone designed, developed, and produced by Spaitech of Spain. The concern is responsible for a complete line-up of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAVs) available worldwide, each with unique capabilities and proven reliability. The SPARROW LE features an all-electric drive, glider-like mainplanes for exceptional lift-versus-drag qualities, and "V-tail" tailplane arrangement, and centers its optics set under the fuselage in conventional fashion.
The system has long-endurance for a UAS of this class and sports qualities that include low procurement costs, ease-of-operation, and versatility. Optics are gyro-stabilized and can support general camera function (video, still photography) as well as thermal imaging. Like other Spaitech products, the UAS can also be equipped with a dosimeter for measuring radioactivity.
The 3. 0-meter-wide SPARROW LE can fly for up to four hours out to a range of 155 miles up to an altitude of 16,405 feet. Online transmission is out to 12. 4 miles. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of the system is listed at 15. 4 lb. The all-electric drive is used to power a multi-bladed propeller unit fitted to the nose, is eco-friendly, and produces far less operating noise than a conventionally-fueled engine. Cruising speeds can reach up to 62 mph.
The aircraft is launched simply by hand by the operator with its landing aided by a parachute recovery arrangement.
The complete kit includes the Sparrow LE unit itself (up to three can be networked), the hardened-case Ground Control Unit (GCU), tracker-equipped, tripod-mounted antenna complex, optics set, spare parts, and carrying cases / bags.
Beyond its obvious military value (reconnaissance / scouting, artillery spotting / redirection, SPECOPS), the Sparrow LE can be used in civilian and industry-minded circles covering law enforcement, border enforcement, maritime law enforcement, engineering support, Search and Rescue (SAR), and the like.
In Active Service.
Spaitech - Spain
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i. e. downed airmen in the sea).
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Serving Special Forces / Special Operations elements and missions.
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.
Design utilizes an all-electric powerplant for drive power.
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
Can accelerate to higher speeds than average aircraft of its time.
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
Design covers the three all-important performance categories of speed, altitude, and range.
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.
9. 8 ft
(3. 00 m)
monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base Spaitech SPARROW LE production variant)
1 x Electric powerpack driving multi-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
(110 kph | 59 kts)
(85 kph | 46 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
(+25 kph | 13 kts)
(5,000 m | 3 mi)
(250 km | 463 nm)
MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
None. Payload restricted to camera / optics / sensor fits.
SPARROW LE - Base Series Name.