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RAPIER X-25

the MINI class UAS for ISR missions

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RAPIER X-25

the MINI class UAS for ISR missions

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Rapier X-25

Rapier X-25 UAS is a remotely piloted system belonging to the MINI Class with features of surveillance, control and data sensing (sea and ground), typical of LIGHT and TACTICAL aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with innovative systems, able to guarantee the operation in hostile environment, and it is designed with optimization criteria in terms of aerodynamic efficiency, volumetric capability and structural weights. Consequently, the Rapier X-25 can assure long endurance (+16 h) with cutting-edge technological payloads.

 

The Rapier X-25 System is composed of:

  • Aircraft The aircraft is equipped with a state of the art EO/IR sensor payload, with the best Detection, Recognition and Identification (DRI) performance of the category.
  • Ground Control Station The Ground Control Station (GCS) consists of two stations: Pilot In Command and Sensor Operator. The GCS can be used for mission planning activities, mission execution, including manual, semiautomatic and automatic flight, flight and sensor data analysis activities and training.
  • Pneumatic Launching System The pneumatic launcher is designed to guarantee the maximum accuracy and repeatability of the launch of the aircraft, regardless of the climatic conditions (temperature, pressure, humidity). Launch activation is controlled directly by the GCS, to ensure the safety of the operators involved in the launch operations. The launcher ramp can be easily and quickly oriented, depending on the wind direction.
Aircraft Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) 25.0 kg
Endurance +16 h (depending on carried payload)
Datalink Range (C&C and Payload) 80 km
Rate of Climb (ROC) 590 ft/min (3 m/s)
Cruise Speed 45 kts (23.2 m/s)
Max Operational Altitude ASL (Above Sea Level) 16400 ft (5000 m)
Navigation Mode Fully Automatic, or Semi-Automatic by waypoints
Crew 2 operators
Deployment and packaging <15 min
  • Design The Rapier X-25 has been designed according to strict aeronautical processes and standards, compliant with STANAG 4703, SAE AER. P-2-6-7 norms
  • MTOW < 25 kg Despite the small weight, the Rapier X-25 can perform missions similar to higher class UAS, thanks to the flight endurance and the capabilities of the on-board sensor payload. In addition, it can be operated by personnel without a pilot licensing, according to the latest airworthiness regulations (MTOW < 25 kg)
  • ITAR free All Rapier family UAS are ITAR free, allowing for exportability all over the World
  • Proprietary FCS and GCS FCS and GCS, developed in accordance with the Software Safety Critical DO178C DAL B, customizable according to Client’s specifications and cyber-attack resilient
  • Design for Supportability Straightforward setup up and mission operation, low logistic footprint. In addition, Sky Eye Systems can supply Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) and advanced operational training

The Rapier X-25 has been designed in order to integrate several payloads with different features in terms of capabilities, weights and sizes. The flexibility is assured by the fuselage modularity and by the possibility to change the onboard systems configuration in order to obtain an optimized aircraft balance.

  • Electro-Optical/Infra-Red Sensor The EO/IR sensor is the basic payload which allows ISR mission to be carried out. Rapier X-25 offers the possibility to choose between two types of EO/IR sensors: the basic one (two sensors day/night) and the high-performing one (four sensors day/night, with additional laser designator and range finder) with the best Detection, Reconnaissance, Identification performance of the category
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar A SAR sensor can improve the mission effectiveness, allowing for all-weather surveillance, control and data sensing, including Change Detection and Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) capabilities in ISR missions, or detect Oil Spill and Pollution in civil applications. The Sky Eye Systems proprietary mini SAR can provide accuracy of about 25 cm, slant range about 5-6 km and ground swath about 4 km. The overall radar system weight, less than 2kg, is minimized in order to guarantee long endurance
  • LiDAR Low weight LiDAR, with power consumption similar to SARs, guarantees an accuracy of few centimetres. The ranges are lower than SAR ones (3-4 km), but such device allows ISR capabilities, Situation Awareness, Sense and Avoid, 3D mapping to be carried out
  • Multi/Hyperspectral cameras This type of camera allows for specific missions (e.g. Change Detection, Anti Camouflage, Terrain Characteristics, Fire Detection, Agricultural Monitoring) to be performed, by means of images analysis and comparison gathered at different wavelength
  • Transmitter Possibility to perform a Radio Relay by using the platform as bridge between ground units and command stations, thanks to a dedicated transmitter installed onboard

The Rapier X-25 is suitable both for military and civil/governmental operational use.

Thanks to its features, Rapier X-25 is the perfect solution for Intelligence Surveillance e Reconnaissance military mission: the awareness situation requires real-time smart information, relative to a specific field of operations affecting terrestrial and maritime threats, in order to guarantee a prompt answer to potential attacks.

Military missions:

  • Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Information acquisition for intelligence operations on specific targets (Example: Pattern of Life)
  • Route Clearance For safe communication routes, in order to guarantee the armed forces transfer
  • Force Protection Continuously monitoring and control of military installations to support forces deployed on the field
  • Targeting: Teaming operation, the UAS laser designator locks on the target, enabling the manned aircraft, or helicopter, to hit it safely

 


The Rapier X-25 can also support other relevant civil missions, thanks to the possibility to install several on board payloads such as Hyperspectral or LiDAR, respectively needed for: ground mapping (farming, burned areas, mineral areas, and areas with potential environmental impact); geology, seismology, disaster monitoring.

Civil missions:

  • Land surveillance Environmental information acquisition, maps production and illegal building detection, precision agriculture
  • Law Enforcement Surveillance and protection activities, anti-looting, anti-piracy, illegal trades, territory and boundary control against immigration and terrorism
  • Anti-pollution Oil-spilling control, illegal landfill, illegal waste disposal, ground and atmospheric pollution, forest fires
  • Safety, public order and civil protection Environmental monitoring actions to reduce damages on community due to high magnitude accidental events (natural calamities, earthquakes, floods, etc)

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