Military Embedded Systems

Indago 3 UAS chosen by Swiss Army for tactical ISR


July 31, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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SWITZERLAND. Armasuisse contracted Lockheed Martin for a fleet of Indago 3 small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with options for spares, training, and tech support and additional systems for the Swiss Army.

According to the company, Indago is designed to provide aerial reconnaissance in environments unreachable by normal fixed-wing, unmanned aircraft systems.

The first phase comprises manufacturing development to optimize the Indago 3’s configuration to meet Swiss Army requirements including integration of a transponder for sense and avoid, installation of the Silvus Technologies’ radio, and implementation of Lockheed Martin CDL Systems’ VCSi Touch SUAS Ground Control System software that includes access to Swiss maps, including digital terrain elevation data (DTED), and Geofencing.

The first set of optimized systems will be delivered later this year with the remaining systems to be delivered several months following the first delivery. These Indago 3s will support tactical level reconnaissance and surveillance to support information collection, search and rescue, disaster relief, and battle damage assessment.

Depending on payloads and operating environment, Lockheed claims that the Indago 3 has a flight time of up to 50 minutes, a range of 10 kilometers, a cruise speed of 25 knots and dash at up to 40 knots. It is designed to operate at temperatures as low as 30-degrees below zero and as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s intended to be cyber-secure with high fidelity color and infrared 3-axis stabilized sensors.

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