Optimised for multiple roles
The RUAS variant of the SW-4 Solo can undertake a variety of civil and military missions, including disaster relief, law enforcement, combat support, and Intelligence, Surveillance Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), in land and maritime environments. When piloted, the helicopter is an ideal solution for passenger transport, surveillance and interdiction missions.
Ground control technology
The RUAS variant is operated through a Ground Control Station (GCS) which is common to both Leonardo’s RUAS, the SW-4 Solo and AWHERO. The GCS includes pilot and mission operator positions, and enables the control of all flight phases including engine start and shutdown, auto-take-off, flight plan and emergency procedure execution, auto-land and payload operations.
The SW-4 Solo features a large cabin with unobstructed sliding doors, flat floor and a large baggage compartment. It can be configured with a range of payloads, including radar, Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) system and electronic support measures. Ease of maintenance and low operating costs make it a practical solution for modern missions.
The platform’s capabilities for the ISTAR mission, manned/unmanned teaming and data dissemination have been demonstrated in the real-world environment. The SW-4 Solo’s ship deck operation capabilities have also been tested in a simulated environment, with take-off and landing from a moving platform.