One MCDV Drone for Each Coast

February 18, 2019 – Kingston-class ships are equipped with a visual line of sight intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, but have lacked a similar capability for vessels of interest beyond their visual line of sight. Enter PUMA, a Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System (MMUAS) equipped with powerful enhanced optical and infrared cameras that are able to capture still imagery and video. It is capable of staying in the air for approximately two hours and can fly at an altitude up to 10,500 feet with a range of 20 km…

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RCN on Track to Acquire Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Director of Naval Requirements (DNR) is leading the first phase of the Unmanned System programme with the acquisition of a family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that can be operated from all Canadian Warships in order to provide near real-time intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) information. Over the last decade, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has maintained its course in investigating and developing a robust Unmanned System program. As a force multiplier, the UAS will provide information required to extend a commander’s situational awareness, increase interoperability with…

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