Formed five years ago as a joint venture between PAE and American Operations Corporation, PAE ISR (Booths 1826 & 1827) brings to GEOINT 2018 the story of Resolute Eagle, its class 3 UAV, built in Sterling, Va., and first flown a year ago. The story includes a host of accomplishments for the unmanned vehicle since its first flight.
“Most of the aircraft that can do what ours can are larger and more expensive,” said Polli Ogilvie, director of marketing with PAE ISR. “As all technology progresses, aircraft get smaller but stronger. That’s kind of what we have. We are a [class] 3, but we have the capability of some 4s and 5s.”
A Resolute Eagle UAV will be on display in the lunch seating area adjacent to the company’s booth.
PAE ISR touts the reduced footprint of its vertical takeoff/landing version of Resolute Eagle, as well as its 15,000-foot ceiling, 12-hour range, and 60-pound payload. A small catapult launch/skid-landing version of the 18.2-foot wingspan plane adds 2,000 feet of ceiling and six hours of endurance.
In its first year, Resolute Eagle has demonstrated full beyond-line-of-sight SATCOM capability, necessary for a long-endurance UAV. The company added a transponder to the UAV for testing in Oregon commercial airspace and, shortly thereafter, won a $1.7 billion ceiling value contract with the U.S. Navy.
The company aims to connect with GEOINT 2018 attendees seeking a platform to test and evaluate sensors and other ISR components.
Headline Image: PAE ISR’s Resolute Eagle is a class 3 UAV with a 17,000-foot operational ceiling and 18-hour range in its catapult-lauch and skid-landing version. Photo Credit: PAE ISR