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SWITCHBLADE

  1. 1. SEMINAR on “AeroVironment Switchblade”
  2. 2. What is the “SwitchBlade” ?  The Switchblade is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by AeroVironment.It is designed as a “kamikaze" being able to crash into its target with an explosive warhead to destroy it.  The Switchblade is small enough to be carried in a backpack and can be launched from a variety of ground and air platforms.
  3. 3. History behind the “SwitchBlade”  The Switchblade was first tested in 2010 by the United States Army. 10 were purchased for evaluation and were deployed successfully. In September 2011, the Army ordered over a hundred for troop use. The Army then issued a $5.1 million contract modification effective March 20, 2012 to their previous order to produce and deliver more systems.  In May 2012, the United States Marine Corps ordered the Switchblade UAV.
  4. 4. DESIGN OF THE “SWITCHBLADE”
  5. 5. The KEY points behind its WORKING  The Switchblade has a small warhead and is launched from a 60 cm long container/launcher tube.  As it launches its small wings unfold and can be guided to its target via a nose-mounted camera.  The operator looks through a viewer that displays video from the drone.  Switchblade can also be directed to co-ordinates using Global Positioning System (GPS).
  6. 6. The Ingredients behind its Engineering  Powered by an electric motor it can reach speeds up to 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) .  It can glide through air for around 40 mins.  The Switchblade weights 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) and can be fired from a man-portable launch tube or a 70 mm rocket pod.  The explosive effect of the warhead is about equivalent to a hand grenade.
  7. 7. The LAUNCH of the SWITCHBLADE
  8. 8. The TRAVERSAL of the SWITCHBLADE
  9. 9. IMPACT After DETONATION
  10. 10. The STRENGTH of the SWITCHBLADE  AeroVironment describes the Switchblade as the warfighter's “magic bullet”.  It can rapidly provide a powerful, but expendable miniature flying Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) package on a Beyond Line-ofSight (BLOS) target within minutes.  This miniature, remotely-piloted or autonomous platform can either glide or propel itself via quiet electric propulsion, providing real-time GPS coordinates and video for information gathering, targeting, or feature/object recognition.
  11. 11. Continued …  The vehicle’s small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, and track even at very close range.  The Switchblade is fully scalable and can be launched from a variety of air and ground platforms. It is controlled via a common ground launcher, also used for controlling the RQ-11B Raven, Wasp or Puma.
  12. 12. A RAW & REAL KILLER !!!
  13. 13. Why “SWITCHBLADE” is called the Ultimate STEALTH ?  The Switchblade's payload and launcher, weighing less than six pounds total, can be carried in a backpack by a single soldier.  The mini UAV, which sends streaming video and GPS coordinates back to its operator, can be transformed from an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance UAV into a mini bomb striking a target beyond the line of sight.  The battery-powered vehicle has a very low visual, acoustic and thermal signature. AeroVironment says the the weapon can also be deployed from submarines, ground vehicles and a manned, as well as unmanned, aircraft.  It is designed to operate at low level - below 500 ft above ground, and at a maximum altitude 15,000 ft.
  14. 14. MOTION DETECTION SOFTWARE  Military forces frequently deploy AeroVironment’s small UAS in dynamic and complex operating environments.  Sentient’s Kestrel Land MTI software solution adds capability to AeroVironment’s family of small UAS by automatically detecting moving objects in electrooptical (EO) and infrared (IR) full motion video (FMV).
  15. 15. GROUND CONTROL SYSYTEM integration  Automatically detects moving dismounts  Real-time EO/IR Moving Target Indication (MTI)  Fully integrated with AV family of small UAS  Real-time and forensic operation  Geo-location data  Proven in-theatre performance  Increased coverage area
  16. 16. The Magic Of the GCS integration
  17. 17. One among TIME magazine’s TOP 25 inventions of 2012 !!!
  18. 18. CONCLUSION  The WAR fighter’s “MAGIC BULLET”.  The Ultimate advancement in Stealth & Drone Attack.  It is the Newest Military invention in the "Stealthy, Persistent, Perch and Stare (SP2S) UAS” genre.

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