Watchkeeper X has established itself as the benchmark for UAVs in its class. It was the reference in the creation of the UK MAA’s UAV Certification Standards, it is the first UAV to fly in non-segregated airspace, and it is in operation with the British Army.
Watchkeeper X system starts with the aircraft that has an MTOW of 500kg and wingspan of 10.6m. It is able to carry two 15” gimble based sensors – typically a high-definition camera and high-performance radar. A highly secure, line of sight data link connects the aircraft to its ground control station up to 200km away, where three operators manage the system in comfort and safety.
The whole system can be transported via road, rail, ship or aircraft in three ISO containers, making Watchkeeper X a rapidly deployable persistent ISR capability.
Take-off and landing are fully automatic from a runway or semi-prepared strip and an arrestor system brings the aircraft to a safe stop at the end of each flight. An entire flight can be performed in zero visibility weather conditions thanks to its onboard dual-redundant safety sensors, automatic takeoff and landing approach radar and sophisticated flight management system.
The intelligence gathered by the system can be monitored live by the operators, can be analysed in near real-time through unique algorithms and learning machines, can be recorded for post-mission analysis and can be disseminated using a wide range of NATO STANAGs and other international standards, to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Supporting the British Army with Watchkeeper UAS
Thales UK’s Watchkeeper operated by the British Army, is the first operationally proven Unmanned Aircraft System developed and built in the UK, providing real-time, enhanced situational awareness for troops on the ground while helping to reduce risk and loss of life.
You can find out more about the British Army programme here.