Modern military conflicts have demonstratedunique capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles capable of effectively countering bulky and unwieldy military equipment from the past. Developers from UAVTEK, in partnership with BAE Systems, have offered the British army compact nano-drones Bug (Beetle), capable of solving reconnaissance and patrol missions regardless of weather conditions (snow, rain and fog) with wind gusts up to 80 km / h.
British Army units received fortesting of 30 models of Bug drones, the mass of which was 196 grams. The small size of the drone allows it to be used for tactical purposes, and it can be stored in an ordinary backpack of a scout or an infantryman. Among the main advantages of the Bug, the developers indicate a low price, compact size (in the air, the Bug is indistinguishable from birds, and it is almost impossible to notice it), complete autonomy and the ability to install various observation devices with real-time data transmission.
The nano BUG drone was created as a tacticalUAV suitable for use in the field, taking into account real-life situations. Developers UAVTEK made sure that the weather never interfered with the deployment of the nano-UAV, and the flight time met the needs of tactical reconnaissance. Video is broadcast in Full HD format to several types of devices at once (smartphone, tablet, laptop or ATAK device).
The use of BUG as part of a swarm is assumed,when the leader will be tracked by GPS data. The low profile of the drone provides the ability to operate in winds of 65 km / h and gusts up to 83 km / h. The BUG is made in the form factor of a quadrocopter and is capable of autonomous flight at a distance of up to 2 km for 30-40 minutes. The BUG is equipped with a loudspeaker, microphone, thermal imaging camera, interchangeable lenses and distraction devices.
Provided for placement on the drone of an additionalequipment weighing up to 100 grams. Flight speeds up to 80 km / h (22 m / s) and slower modes for training. The radio module (5.8 GHz) provides communication at a distance of 2 km, and the LTE module (with an increase in the weight of the drone up to 250 grams) guarantees communication for 50 km.