over 150 buster tactical uas sold & fielded to date
US Army Night Vision Laboratories (NVESD) – Ft Belvoir, VA Redstone Arsenal – Huntsville, AL US Air Force Research Labs US Navy Research Labs UK Ministry of Defense FMV – Sweden US Navy – Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) US Navy – Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Texas Department of Public Safety Ethiopia Air Force
The BUSTER® system is an exceptionally versatile and cost effective solution. Man deployable with exceptional performance characteristics including demonstrated ability in cross winds exceeding 30 kts.
The BUSTER® family of STUAS currently consists of three different aircraft. They all utilize the same ground control station (GCS) and catapult launcher and can be recovered both by parachute and by a skid or belly landing. The standard configuration is a 13 pound air vehicle with a 49 inch wingspan. A long endurance (LE) version is also available and weighs only 15 pounds. BUSTER Hybred has a 10+ hour endurance. These two configurations are powered by a 2-cycle gasoline engine. The third system is an electric version with a 6-foot wingspan and a 2-4+ hour endurance on batteries. All three versions are capable of carrying a 3 pound payload. BUSTER was developed by the U.S. Army and has many attributes that make it very highly desirable for operations in remote and austere conditions such as might be found in remote areas. Among them are:
Stability. BUSTER’s TwinWing® design has proven to be much more stable in heavy weather and high winds as might be encountered in mountainous areas. It has demonstrated survivability in 50 knot wind conditions.
Adaptability. The TwinWing® design has also proven to be very flexible and adaptable. BUSTER has flown with nearly every type of sensor available for its size category as was the principle test platform for the U.S. Army for developing small sensors for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Therefore, the BUSTER design can be modified at the customer’s request to accommodate any sensor suite or mission requirement.
Very small footprint. BUSTER can be operated by two people and transported in a small pickup truck or sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Long endurance. The “LE” version of BUSTER has approximately 2.5 times the flight endurance of any UAS in its class.
Maritime application. BUSTER can be launched and recovered at sea giving it the ability to support security operations along maritime borders.
Operational Radius. The line-of-sight (LOS) communications range of the BUSTER® family is 20 nm for a single aircraft. However, up to five aircraft can be linked together in order to extend this range if necessary.
Cost. A typical “system” consists of four aircraft, one GCS and one launcher. Due to BUSTER’s long endurance and low price point, the cost per operational flight hour is typically 20-50% of the cost of other UAS in its class.
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