UAV Factory LLC, a global leader in the tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) technology, proudly announces the release of its production-ready Penguin C Mk2 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) long-endurance aircraft. Building upon the operationally proven and reliable catapult-
launched Penguin C UAS, the Penguin C Mk2 VTOL platform is a complete, turnkey solution that provides unmatched endurance and performance. The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL’s precision vertical takeoff and landing capability is ideally suited to support missions in more restrictive environments.
The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL’s groundbreaking AEROFLOW Boom Technology enables a 20% increase in flight endurance. This patented technology showcases hoods over the vertical lifting rotors that automatically enclose the lifting rotors while the vehicle is in horizontal flight, significantly reducing drag. The result is 14+ hours of flight endurance, making it the premiere VTOL option in its class. The VTOL booms are made of advanced carbon-fibre composite for maximum strength and rigidity despite their lightweight. Battery replacement is a simple process that can be done in under two minutes, minimizing delay between flights. With the added weight of the booms to enable VTOL operations, the Penguin C Mk2 VTOL just steps into the Group 3 UAS category with an MTOW of 32kg / 70.6 lbs.
The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL UAS offers one of the smallest logistical footprints in its class. A full system consists of 3 Air Vehicles, 3 high-performance EO/IR Epsilon Gimbals, 1 GCS, and 1 MIMO Tracking Antenna. The entire system can be transported in just five Pelican cases and allows for rapid and easy assembly.
The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL has a 4.5kg / 9.9 lbs. payload capability and comes with one of UAV Factory’s high-performance EO/IR gyro-stabilized payloads. The Epsilon 180 gimbal from Octopus ISR, with its class-leading stabilization of 40 uRad jitter, is the most advanced ISR payload that can be paired with the Penguin C Mk2 VTOL. It features a cooled MWIR thermal imager with continuous 15x optical zoom, a long range 90x zoom, and 4K daylight camera. Other smaller EO/IR payloads, such as
the Epsilon 140 series, are also available, if desired. One of the most innovative features of the Penguin C Mk2 VTOL is the swappable payload nose cone, which can be changed out in less than two minutes. The nose cone is gyro-stabilized in roll axis, adding unparalleled stabilization axis to any payload the aircraft carries.
The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL aircraft has completed an extensive internal flight testing and validation program with nearly 1000 takeoffs and landings in diverse environmental conditions. The aircraft handles takeoffs and landings in 30 knot (15 m/s) winds as well as operations in extreme temperatures from -40°C to +50°C (-40°F to 122 °F) with ease.
About UAV Factory
UAV Factory, a U.S.-based leader in unmanned and autonomous technology, was established in 2009 with the goal of developing the most advanced platforms and sensors in the unmanned market. UAV Factory benefits from its vertically integrated operations and global footprint where its Penguin class of fixed-wing UAV, as well as it’s Octopus ISR stabilized EO/IR camera payloads offer unmatched reliability and performance. In January 2021, AE Industrial Partners acquired UAV Factory to expand its unmanned systems platform offerings in the U.S. and International markets. For more information please visit www.uavfactory.com.
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About AE Industrial Partners
AE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets. AE Industrial Partners invests in market-leading companies that can benefit from its deep industry knowledge, operating experience, and relationships throughout its target markets. AE Industrial Partners is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing.
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