By Helicopters Staff
Elbit Systems is launching MAGNI as a fully autonomous and multi-rotor Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) that is designed to significantly enhance the situational awareness capabilities of mobile forces.
Also described as a micro-drone, the compact and lightweight (2.5 kg) MAGNI is designed for rapid deployment and launch (in less than one minute) from any combat vehicle, transforming it to an intelligence gathering platform.
The MAGNI system includes a thermal payload, a communications suite (dual S-Band or LTE), an automatic coordinate tracking capability and a built-in interface with Battle Management Systems (BMS).
Carrying up to 350 grams of payload, the drone is rated for a range of up to three kilometers, a maximum operational altitude of 4000 feet and 30 minutes of endurance. Operated by a single user, MAGNI enables vehicle mounted forces to generate beyond-the-hill visual intelligence during day and night, and to ultimately feed target information to command and control systems.
Elbit explains unique Size Weight and Power (SWaP) parameters make MAGNI well suited for squad, platoon and company levels.
MAGNI is the third multi-rotor VTOL UAS offered by Elbit, which also includes the 10 kg THOR mini-UAS and the five kg NOX VTOL Micro-UAS.