Military Luxury

Israel’s SpearUAV Unveils Encapsulated Quadcopter Submarine-launched Ninox 103 UW

Israel-based unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company SpearUAV has officially unveiled its encapsulated autonomous quadcopter, submarine-launched Ninox 103 UW Sub-to-Air, which it claims is the first loitering drone that can be launched from a submarine and other submerged platforms for immediate beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness. Designed for undetectable underwater launch, the Ninox is an autonomous, AI-based system that was unveiled at the Undersea Defence Technology exhibition in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The company says the “sub-to-air” system has proven capabilities in underwater-to-air transition for beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness.

Israel's SpearUAV Unveils Encapsulated Quadcopter Submarine-launched Ninox  103 UW - MilitaryLeak

The Ninox 103 is stored in a capsule that can be deployed from a submarine. This capsule floats to the surface and can remain dormant for up to 24 hours before the ruggedized, maritime-hardened drone launches. The Ninox 103 has a range of 10 km (6 miles) and an endurance of 45 minutes. With a payload of 1 kg (2.2 lb), the drone has low acoustic, thermal, and visual signatures, and features Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) sensors for reconnaissance and automatic target acquisition using its open-architecture artificial intelligence system. Communications with the submarine, other platforms, or special forces teams ashore use encrypted communications, 3rd-party data integration, and cross-domain connectivity.

Israel's SpearUAV Unveils Encapsulated Quadcopter Submarine-launched Ninox  103 UW - MilitaryLeak

With their ability to submerge, submarines have a major strategic and tactical advantage. However, from their inception they’ve also suffered since from the disadvantage of not being able to see what’s going on above the waves beyond the horizon of a periscope. For this reason, for over a century, submariners have experimented with a number of ways to extend their view. With varying degrees of success, kites, gyrocopters, and even airplanes have been launched from submarines, but all of these had the drawback of the boat needing to surface for them to be deployed. In recent years, navies have looked to drones that can be launched underwater to act as a reconnaissance platform. The Ninox 103 is based on a quadcopter design that allows it to loiter in place by hovering.

Israel's SpearUAV Unveils Encapsulated Quadcopter Submarine-launched Ninox  103 UW - MilitaryLeak

UVision Air Ltd revealed its strategic investment in SpearUAV, who have developed an encapsulated autonomous quadcopter, submarine-launched. The US Navy is already buying the Blackwing 10C UAS from AeroVironment as part of its submarine-launched unmanned aerial system (SLUAS) program, which is aimed at providing a low-cost solution for operations in anti-access/aerial denial (A2/AD) environments. AeroVironment developed the system as part of a 2013 Navy and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) sponsored joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD) called Advanced ധҽąքօղs Enhanced by Submarine UAS against Mobile targets (AWESUM).

Israel's SpearUAV Unveils Encapsulated Quadcopter Submarine-launched Ninox  103 UW - MilitaryLeak


Related Posts

DT-30PM Amphibious all-terrain tracked carrier vehicle

Description The DT-30PM is a Russian-made amphibious all-terrain tracked carrier vehicle developed and designed by the Russian company Vityaz Machine-building. It is the modernized version of the DT-30P….

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant undocked

India on Wednesday undocked its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at a simple ceremony at Cochin Shipyard Limited here. The ship, built at CSL, will undergo a…

US F-35s Able to Shoot Down Russian Su-35s Beyond Visual Range, But What About Close Dueling?

International Military – The United States (US) Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet has the ability to shoot down a Russian Su-35 fighter jet beyond visual range….

US Navy Block III F/A-18 Super Hornet test jet controls three UAVs

The UAVs executed all commands given by Block III F/A-18 Super Hornet pilots during tests over a two-week period. Boeing and the US Navy have completed a series…

Netherlands Defence Helicopter Command Host Multinational Helicopter Assault Exercise

By training and working with international partners, we improve our collaboration and the ability to act quickly together when the situation calls for it A total of 37…

Meet The F-8 Crusader: The Last Of The Gunfighters?

Thinking back to my 19FortyFive article on the A-7 Corsair II three weeks ago, I couldn’t help but notice that it looked like a compacted – is it too politically…

Leave a Reply