MA THOR Twin UAS

Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance UAS

MULTI-MISSION DIVERSE-PAYLOAD VEHICLE

The MA THOR Intel is a versatile vehicle used in missions as diverse as remote sensing and mapping, land and maritime border patrol, sea and land search and rescue, long endurance intelligence and reconnaissance, surveillance of oil and gas installations, inspection of natural disasters, ecological work, environmental monitoring, wildlife surveys, precision agriculture aerial mapping, weather monitoring, communications relay, law enforcement, fire fighting, and many other. The vehicle accommodates a large variety of payload.

CAPABILITIES

Long-endurance over-the-horizon capabilities.
Flight altitude of 6000 m.
Large payload capacity (100 kg).
Unique 5 m long internal payload bay allows quick modular payload installation.
Additional payload installation at two hard points under the wings.
Innovative avionics and electronic systems.
Low noise engine.
Sense & avoid capabilities for safe integration into the relevant air space.
Control of two concurrent missions from the same Ground Control Station (GCS).

SAFETY & RELIABILITY

Developed to the highest standards of safety and airworthiness. An anti-icing system facilitates operation in adverse weather and SAR/GMTI sensors allow the vehicle to operate in cloud conditions. The MA THOR Twin UAS also features a fully redundant flight avionics and electronics architecture and redundant flight control surfaces.

ADVANCED PAYLOADS

The MA THOR Twin system provides versatile multi-payload configurations utilizing cutting edge sensors and systems with modular installation to accomplish a wide variety of missions. The advanced modular MA THOR Twin UAS architecture separates safety critical flight systems from mission systems providing great flexibility and cost optimization in integration of new and indigenous payloads.

SATCOM

The MA THOR Twin UAS offers an advanced satellite communication data link and is operated from a universal command & control ground station (UGCS), enabling advanced mission management, highly autonomous and mission effective operation, and automatic takeoff and landing capability.

SPECIFICATIONS


Cruise speed: 140 km/h

Stall speed: 75 km/h
Max. climb rate: 300 m/min
Ceiling: 6000 m
Operation radius: 200 km, 800 km using relays.
Endurance: 10 hrs gasoline/oil
Flight range: 1200 km
Takeoff distance: 250 m asphalt
Dimensions: 7.40 m long, 1.90 m high, 5.50 m fuselage,

11.00 m wingspan, 10 AR, 10 m2 wing surface.

Empty weight: 470 kg
Fuel weight: 170 kg
MTOW: 700 kg
Max. payload weight: 100 kg
Engine power: 180 HP one engine
Robust datalink; Comms link

AIRCRAFT CONFIGURATION

  • AIRFRAME

    High-wing twin-tail-boom inverted-V-tail aircraft.
    Fuselage shaped for low radar detection.
    Airframe of reinforced graphite, Kevlar and epoxy resin.
    Airframe sealed for long life in hot and humid environments.
    Airframe can be fitted with a rail or pod under each wing for carriage of external stores.

  • ADVANCED AERODYNAMICS

    Enhanced aerodynamics and flight stability for missions
    in the most demanding flight conditions.

    High-lift airfoils
    Aspect ratio of 10
    Fowler flaps (max. deflection 30°)
    Wing fences (optional)
    Hoerner tip (optional)
    Gurney flaps (optional)
    5° wing dihedral
    5° geometric washout
    5° taper Sweepback
    Vortex generators (optional)
    Minix wingtip (optional)

  • MODERN ENGINES

    Italian-made 4-stroke twin-opposed cylinder engines.
    Drive three-blade fixed-pitch propellers.
    Extend the vehicle’s flight endurance.

  • SOPHISTICATED PAYLOAD

    Sophisticated pay-loads for land and maritime surveillance and search and rescue missions for day and night (e.g., FLIR systems, UK).

  • HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING

    Innovative hyperspectral imaging technology enables imaging of the region of interest at different wavelengths. The unique payload is able to track the spectral signature of the imaged materials, which is unique to every material in nature. The innovative hyperspectral technology introduces a new, additional dimension to the world of intelligence gathering by enabling detection and tracking of targets on the basis of their material signature.

ENGINEERING

MULTIPLE ADVANCED PAYLOADS

The MA THOR Twin system provides versatile multi-payload configurations utilizing cutting edge sensors and systems with modular installation to accomplish a wide variety of missions. The advanced modular MA THOR Twin UAS system architecture separates safety critical flight systems from mission systems providing great flexibility and cost/optimization in integration of new and indigenous payloads.

  • Digital EO/IR/Laser payload – DCoMPASS®
  • SAR/GMTI & MPR radar
  • SIGINT payloads: Skyfix COMINT/DF; Skyfix-G COMINT GSM system; SKYJAM communication jamming system; AES-210 V/V2 ESM (ELINT) system; additional EW systems
  • Communication jamming
  • Stand off EO/IR/Laser system – AMPS
  • Electro optic mapping and survey/scanning system – LASSO
  • Hyper spectral payload
  • Wide area aerial persistent stare system
  • Other payloads
  • Customer designated payloads

SATCOM

The MA THOR Twin UAS offers an advanced satellite communication data link and is operated from a universal command & control ground station (UGCS), enabling advanced mission management, highly autonomous and mission effective operation, and automatic takeoff and landing capability.

Satellite communications (SATCOM) provide significantly enhanced mission flexibility. Leveraging SATCOM and the MA THOR Twin’s long endurance, the system can perform missions at very long distances from the operating base. SATCOM allows the MA THOR Twin to fly at very low altitudes, without the limitation of line of sight obstruction caused by topography. There is no need for line of sight between the aircraft and its GCS.

HYPERSPECTRAL CAPABILITIES

Innovative hyperspectral imaging technology enables imaging of the region of interest at different wavelengths. The unique payload is able to track the spectral signature of the imaged materials, which is unique to every material in nature, just like a fingerprint. The innovative hyperspectral technology introduces a new, additional dimension to the world of intelligence gathering by enabling detection and tracking of targets on the basis of their material signature. The new payload enables intelligence gathering via identification, measurement and tracking of materials and objects including uncovering low signature military activity and invisible obstacles, as well as identification of hazardous materials. The airborne hyperspectral system is also complemented by a ground segment that provides automatic interpretation of the images/data and a mission planning system.

UGCS

Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS)

Capable of controlling multiple types of UAS, the UGCS support all phases from mission planning and preflight checks, through mission execution, debrief and training. The UGCS is capable of concurrently controlling two parallel UAS missions using two Ground Data Terminals (GDTs). Each mission is fully controlled by a single operator. The GCS’s operation is highly autonomous and implements an advanced, proven, and ergonomic human-machine Interface design. The high level of system autonomy enables the operator to focus on mission execution, rather than on flying the air vehicle. For example, the same operator can control both the air vehicle and the EO/IR/Laser payload including slaving the air vehicle to the payload.

INTELLIGENCE MANAGEMENT CENTRE (IMC)

The IMC is made available by Marques Aviation Ltd to augment the UAS and provide an important force multiplier. Using the IMC it is possible to conduct coordinated missions of multiple UAS and other means controlled by GCSs, all managed by a common management center. The UAS management center’s forte is its ability to provide commanders with data received by all deployed platforms and sensors. The mission commander is provided with an overall view, received from various intelligence gathering sensors, displaying aerial platform mission assignments and the combined tactical picture. The IMC allows rapid intelligence flow for improved overall mission efficiency. Mission instructions are sent by the commander directly to the UAS operators in the GCS and video intelligence is displayed simultaneously on the mission station screens and at the management center, in both two and three-dimensions.

SUB-SYSTEMS INNOVATION

INNOVATION

MULTI-MISSION VEHICLE

DIVERSE PAYLOADS

ADVANCED AERODYNAMICS

COMPOSITE MATERIALS

MODERN ENGINE

ENHANCED ENDURANCE

EXTENDED FLIGHT ENVELOPE

EXTREME FLIGHT CONDITIONS

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

FULL SYSTEMS INTEROPERABILITY

AUTOPILOT

COMPLETE PAYLOAD INTEGRATION

GROUND DATA TERMINAL

IMAGING TECHNOLOGY

NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

AUTOPILOT

3 AXIS ACCELEROMETER

3 AXIS GYRO

3 AXIS MAGNETOMETER

BAROMETRIC PRESSURE SENSOR

DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSOR

ALL SENSORS ARE TEMPERATURE COMPENSATED FROM -20°c TO +70°c

DIMENSIONS: 9.2 cm X 6 cm X 3.6 cm

WEIGHT: 60 gr

SENSOR FUSION KALMAN FILTER

REAL TIME ATTITUDE (50 Hz)

REAL TIME POSITION (10 Hz)

PAYLOAD INTEGRATION

GYRO STABILISED PLATFORM

VARIED GIMBALED SENSORS

REAL TIME VIDEO, SCENE AND OBJECT TRACKING

MOSAIC CAPABILITY WITH ASSOCIATED METADATA

GROUND DATA TERMINAL

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IMAGING TECHNOLOGY

IR IMAGING

CAMERA TRACKING

AUTOTRACKING

ENGINE CHARACTERISTICS

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GCS FEATURES

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NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

SENSOR FUSION

INERTIALSENSORS

MAGNETIC SENSORS

GNSS

AIR DATA SENSORS

TECHNIQUES

EXTENDED KALMAN FILTERING (UD FILTERING)

ADAPTIVE KALMAN FILTERING

ADDITIONAL FEATURES & SERVICES

VARIABLE PITCH SILENT PROPELLER

MINIX WINGTIP DEVICE

RADAR TRANSPARENT PROPELLER

LOW RADAR SIGNATURE

RADAR ALTIMETER

COLLISION AVOIDANCE DEVICE

ROBUST DATALINK

REAL TIME DATA & IMAGERY DOWNLINK

AUTONOMOUS TAKEOFF AND LANDING MODE

GPS NAVIGATION

COMMUNICATIONS LINK

EMBODIES UAV FLIGHT SIMULATOR FOR PERSONAL TRAINING

UAV PILOT INSTRUCTOR AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

SPARE PARTS AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES

MA THOR Twin UAS

Note: This information is subject to change

and does not represent a contractual binding.