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RQ-15 Neptune™ Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

An organic ISR asset for small land or maritime platforms DRS' RQ-15 Neptune™ aircraft is the latest in the DRS family of mobile, low-footprint tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The RQ-15 Neptune™ can be operated from land or sea.

This aircraft can be disassembled into three parts and carried in its launcher/transport case. One of the aircraft's unique features is a pair of built-in receiver tubes, which allows the aircraft to slide onto its launch rails for compact storage inside the transport container. It can be pneumatically auto launched in a matter of minutes. The launcher/transport container provides a Tactical UAS in a Mini-UAS footprint.

DRS' RQ-15 Neptune™ aircraft is recovered by parachute on land or in water. Its engine is mounted above the fuselage as a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). Electronic and sensor systems LRUs are protected against corrosion in the maritime environment. The DRS Zeus Autopilot is an advanced system built on DRS' over twenty years of experience manufacturing autopilot systems.

The Ground Control Station is based on DRS' Appliqué 330 rugged laptop computer interfaced with the communications module and the aircraft hand controller. The Windows®-based system incorporates the FalconViewTM mission planning and flight plan update software package. It handles up to 250 waypoints and is designed to operate primarily in autonomous flight profile modes. Operator intervention is required for payload management when over areas of interest.

The RQ-15 Neptune'sTM L- and S-Band digital data link provides for aircraft control and 30 frames per second streaming video downlink to operational ranges exceeding 50 NM. The RQ-15 Neptune™ carries DRS' EO/IR stabilized gimbal, providing the user with both day and night imagery capability. An optional Remote Video Terminal allows reception of the aircraft video away from the ground station.

DRS's Neptune™ specifically addresses tactical operations over land or water where formal runway systems are unavailable. The six-foot launcher allows the aircraft to be deployed from utility vehicles or small surface vessels supporting operations day or night, on land or at sea.

RQ-15 Neptune™ Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
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