SHBURN, Va., May 5, 2014 – L-3 Unmanned Systems announced that it will introduce its Airborne Pursuit and Exploitation (APEX) Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014 conference. L-3’s APEX UAS is a compact, lightweight system designed as a small tactical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, with a capacity to carry multiple payloads simultaneously. It is ideal for close-range ISR missions, first responder calls or over-the-hill reconnaissance missions, low-intensity conflicts and urban warfare operations. APEX will be on display at the L-3 exhibit, Booth 401, at the AUVSI conference, May 12–15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
“With APEX, we’re offering today’s warfighters an unprecedented level of capability from a small platform,” said J.R. Gear, vice president of strategic development at L-3 Unmanned Systems. “APEX’s ability to be operated by a very small team and provide multi-mission and payload flexibility brings a new level of capability to expeditionary operators. The system is currently being used by U.S. Forces.”
APEX is an all-electric UAS that provides nearly seven hours of endurance with a range of 100+ km using a high-power series Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery system and is runway-independent and expeditionary. Operated by a team of three people, APEX reduces the need for a large operational footprint, while providing the equivalent ISR capability offered by larger UAS platforms. L-3’s APEX employs a parachute recovery system, eliminating the need for a runway or specific recovery device, and utilizes a pneumatic rail-launched system. Unique to the UAS is an electro-optical/cooled infrared gimbal payload, which provides both day and night surveillance and reconnaissance capability.
Based in Ashburn, Va., L-3 Unmanned Systems is an industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of specialized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), C4ISR collection and dissemination systems, and ruggedized command and control systems. To learn more about L-3 Unmanned Systems, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com/uas.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2013 sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.