The ThunderB® is a small sized tactical UAV (30Kg, ~4m wing-span), with innovative, impressive and effective capabilities previously found only in much larger UAVs, usually with weight of above 150Kg. Due to its long endurance capability (24 hours), its extended control range (up to 150km), and its triple CCD, cooled IR and optional laser pointer payload The ThunderB is a perfect solution for long ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions, mapping on demand for open area as well as urban scenarios for military, peace keeping, low intensity conflict, security, law enforcement, S&R, disaster management and commercial applications

ThunderB

The system consists of three ThunderB Air-vehicles, Ground Control Station (GCS), Ground Data Terminal (GDT), ground support equipment and Rugged Transport cases. The ThunderB is integrated with various payloads and designed to provide real-time, high-quality, stabilized video or optionally collect orthorectified imagery, for users on the ground.

24 Hours

Endurance

28 Kg

Takeoff Weight

1000 M

Operational Altitude

100 km

Control Range

ThunderB – System Main Specifications

Specification Description
Max takeoff weight 28 kg
Wing Span 400 cm
Length 190 cm
Endurance Up to 16-24 hours (Configuration, payload, environment and mission dependent)
Air Speed 60-134 kn/h  /  32-72 knots
Control Range Up to 100 Km (can be extended up to 150km)
Power plant Digital computerized EFI engine system.
Endurance Up to 16-24 hours (payload, environment and mission dependent)
Max Flight Ceiling Up to 16,000 ft. / 4870m
Best Operational  altitude Up to 6000 ft. / 1820m
Takeoff Ground launcher auto-launch
Landing Automatic Parachute/Airbag recovery
Payload capacity Up to 3.5 kg – nose mounted with full fuel.
Additional payload capacity in the fuselage with fuel tradeoff.

 ThunderB Small Tactical UAV Significant Advantages

      • Endurance – Unprecedented endurance of Up To 24 hour mission time
      • Extended control range – up to 150 Km Based on its advanced digital communication technology
      • Around-the-clock Forward Observer – The ThunderB can deliver up to 15 hours (!) on station located 150Km from its GDT position, carrying T-STAMP triple sensor (CCD / cooled IR / laser) payload
      • High Quality video – The UAV can transmit FULL-HD video (1080P)
      • Thermal mapping payload – Unique, Proprietary high resolution radiometric mapping payload, for oil spills detection even when the oil pipe is under the ground
      • Secondary emergency backup control link – For higher reliability and safety the system has a secondary link, supporting mission continuation under COMJAM environment
      • Mission continuity in GPS Denied Environment – Multi-layer protection against GPS Jamming, for mission continuity  in GPS Denied Environment
      • Immediate intelligence – The video image from the UAV is relayed to the GCS in extremely low latency.
      • Variety of Payloads incl. Unique mapping payload – Dual or Triple CCD, IR and optional laser pointer gimbaled and stabilized payloads and/or optional high resolution gimbaled and stabilized scanning photogrammetric payload
      • Severe weather operation – Supporting missions in severe weather with winds of up to 45knts and rain of up to 10mm/h.
      • Covert operation – Low acoustic, thermal & visual signature (undetectable at ~500m)
      • Ease of operation – Quick deployment and fast operational readiness, no need for prepared area. Launch and recovery in any terrain.
      • High reliability – High reliability using advance fuel-injected engine, multiple system redundancies and advance field proven avionics
      • Small logistic and operational footprint – Small size and small crew (2 people), only one operator is required while the UAV is airborne
      • Vehicle mounted configuration easy installation and operation from a command vehicle
      • Low LCC (Life-Cycle-Cost) – In order to maintain 12 hours on target, 100Km away:
        ThunderB will be deployed for 1 flight of 16 hours. Other mini UAV / Tactical UAV will be deployed for more than 10 flights (3 hours to fly to target area and return, and 1 hours on target), increasing the maintenance cost by a factor of X10!

Operational Missions

      •  Rapid “over-the-hill”, covert ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and
        Reconnaissance) in an open area as well as urban warfare scenarios
      • First responder
      • Border protection
      • Force / convoy protection
      • Security operations
      • Law enforcement
      • Search and rescue
      • Disaster control and management operations
      • Commercial applications
      • Mapping on Demand photogrammetric solutions