Paramount Advanced Technologies (PAT), subsidiary to Paramount Group, has announced the launch of its long-range, precision strike and cost-effective swarming UAV system, N-RAVEN, at IDEX 2021. The aim is to bolster tactical situational awareness and precision strike capabilities while minimising personnel risk and collateral damage.
The N-RAVEN family has been designed for technology transfer and portable manufacture from within partner countries. The system addresses a myriad of mission requirements, including ‘future warfighter engagements’ where intelligent ‘swarming technologies’ combined with multiple munition loitering and attack operations have been proven to ensure mission survivability.
With a modular system allowing for flexible mission planning, operational units can launch the N-RAVEN from multiple land-based, naval, and airborne platforms. Formation level commanders can further benefit from the advantage of the N-RAVEN’s precision strike capabilities against high-value targets, both static and moving, located deep within enemy territory, by utilising a ‘swarm’ of loitering munitions.
The 41 kg N-RAVEN operates with a covert low signature in contested environments, offering a cruise speed of approximately 180 km/hr and a loitering endurance time of approximately two hours. N-RAVEN swarm loitering munitions offer a variety of sensors, with each being capable of carrying a 10 – 15 kg payloads up to a range of 250 km.
The system provides Detection, Identification, Location, and Reportage (DILR) against various targets. The N-RAVEN Series can be critical to the successful execution of modern fire missions, with swarm capabilities offering support for Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). As the platform’s onboard sensors and communication technologies continue to improve, they can serve as significant force multipliers for strategic and tactical assignments.
Equivalent to positioning multiple personnel on the ground in often austere, high-risk environments, the N-RAVEN is designed to saturate an area with Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR), Semi-Active Laser sensor-driven target identification and tracking technologies to provide a rapid, data-rich, picture of activity. This reduces threats to personnel safety while enhancing human end-user responsiveness in radically changing engagement scenarios.
A field simulator is optionally available which connects to the system’s control unit, allowing the N-RAVEN crew to rehearse each mission before launch. The UAV’s recording capabilities allow for a full debrief and ensure a positive learning curve for the end-user’s personnel, while reducing costs and minimising risks in operator training.