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AeroVironment Unveils New Navigation System for ‘Puma’ Drones

American defense manufacturer AeroVironment has introduced a new virtual navigation system for two of its “Puma” drones, giving operators an “unprecedented advantage” in GPS-contested environments.

Operators of the Puma 2 AE and 3 AE now have access to continuous software and hardware system updates of navigation capabilities, features, and functionality.

The next-generation navigation system features downward-looking sensors that collect imagery data and track features on the ground, allowing it to determine the aircraft’s precise location while it is in flight, AeroVironment said in a statement.

“Operators now can execute missions with more confidence in [a] GPS-contested environment with the system’s new navigational capabilities,” Vice President Trace Stevenson said.

A new functionality also allows the system to automatically transition to and from GPS-denied navigation mode without operator input.

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AeroVironment’s Puma AE (All Environment) is a lightweight unmanned aircraft system delivering mission-critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in all environments.

The 4.6-foot (1.4-meter) aircraft features aerodynamic, rounded edges to reduce wind drag and increase launch efficiency, particularly at high altitude and in hotter climates.

The multi-mission capable Puma 3 AE also features 2.5 hours of flight endurance for day, night, and low light operations.

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