UVision will present the Hero-30 launcher in its new advanced configuration at AUSA 2018, opened today in Washington DC.
Hero-30 is the smallest system in the UVision family of smart loitering systems. Man-pack portable, the system is capable of reaching speeds of up to 100 knots and is suitable for anti-personnel and light-skinned-vehicle attack missions. According to a company release, the new launcher makes the system even lighter and therefore easier to operate, while also providing greater safety during launch, thanks to the external compressed air canister.
The company will also highlight an advanced simulation system for the HERO family of loitering systems, for use by training forces with the HERO system and its capabilities, thus avoiding the costs, risks, and constraints inherent in live fire missions.
The HERO Simulator provides a high-fidelity environment and mission simulation, as well as instructional capabilities, allowing users of all levels to train in a wide range of operational scenarios.
The system is based on proprietary software that runs on the HERO Operator Control Unit (OCU). It includes 3D training databases, and computer-generations of forces and 3D objects. Its control hardware utilizes real flight and wind tunnel data, as well as the actual Loitering Munition (LM) autopilot and video tracking, to create a realistic environment. The Windows-based simulator is fully compliant and completely integrated with the actual autopilot flight control system. Recording and debriefing modes deliver clear and constructive feedback to trainees.
“Both the new launcher and the simulation system have been developed with the aim of enhancing the efficiency of military forces,” says Noam Levitt, CEO of UVision. “The simulation system enables training in a virtual environment in order to fully prepare soldiers for live missions. In the field, the new launcher, with its reduced weight and external compressed air canister, offers the soldier operational efficiencies and ease of use. Both the HERO system and the new launcher are already being used by forces worldwide.”