With extended control range, high-performance payloads, advanced communications and navigation capabilities, and low acoustic & visual signatures, ThunderB addresses the challenges of the modern battlefield
BlueBird Aero Systems Ltd. will present the ThunderB, a small tactical UAS with endurance exceeding 24 hours and extended control range of 150 km, at Eurosatory 2016. The ThunderB high-performance payloads and advanced communications and navigation capabilities provide multiple features for mission continuity in GPS-denied and COMJAM environments. ThunderB is an ideal solution for long-range, long-endurance, covert ISTAR missions, especially in today’s EW-saturated environment.
According to Mr. Ronen Nadir, Bluebird’s CEO, “We have developed the ThunderB in response to the need for a field-launched, long-range, long-endurance UAS, capable of complex missions that, until now, required the use of significantly larger platforms, logistical footprint and higher life-cycle-cost. The ThunderB, with its automatic field launch by a small pneumatic launcher and automatic field recovery utilizing a parachute and an airbag, can be deployed and operated from a small vehicle and/or trailer, eliminating the need for costly infrastructure such as runways, hangars, etc. The ThunderB’s extended mission range (150km) and endurance (24h) enable a round-the-clock Forward Observer, providing routine monitoring, pre-mission Intelligence collection, persistent surveillance and BDA (Battle Damage Assessment) to maneuvering forces.”
ThunderB is a tactical-sized UAS, weighing 28kg, with a wingspan of 4m, undetectable to the naked eye even when cruising at altitudes as low as 3000ft. The system’s unprecedented reliability and endurance are based on an advanced computerized electronic fuel-injected (EFI) engine, coupled with multiple system redundancies throughout the UAS. The ThunderB includes an intuitive, user-friendly, mission-oriented control station that can be integrated with external Command & Control systems for data and video dissemination, common to BlueBird’s other UAS.
Mr. Nadir added: “We have expanded UAS capabilities outside the traditional tactical ISR world and have added a number of unique features – such as ultra-high resolution photogrammetric (mapping and 3D) payload, locator units for Blue Force Tracking, HD video transmission, MESH technology, advanced Remote Video Terminal (RVT), and more. Since its recent upgrade, ThunderB UAS has attracted significant international attention, has already been sold to customers in Europe and Asia, and is undergoing evaluation by a number of additional customers.”
About Bluebird Aero Systems Ltd.
Established in 2002, Bluebird Aero Systems is a dominant player in the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry, specializing in the design, development and production of Micro, Mini and Tactical UAS and peripheral equipment – delivering exceptional, combat-proven solutions to the Military, HLS and civilian UAS markets. BlueBird’s advanced UAV system presents the ultimate solution for supporting open-area as well as urban scenarios and Tactical Mapping On Demand (TMOD) requirements for military, peace-keeping, low intensity conflict, security, disaster management, law enforcement, S&R and commercial applications.