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Swift Tactical Systems expands the capabilities of its Swift021 VTOL UAS product for long-range and high-altitude performance with Silvus radios at the SLVUAS test site in Colorado
Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Swift Tactical Systems, a subsidiary of Swift Engineering, is a leading provider of turn-key, American-made, unmanned systems and services.

Swift Tactical Systems recently completed over two dozen flights at Leach Field, 1V8, Alamosa County, CO, to collect data on the high-altitude density performance of the Swift021 VTOL UAS to validate real-world capabilities.

Swift021 VTOL Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) high-density altitude capabilities:

- Demonstrated operations during 40-mile endurance flight at +10,000 ft density altitude

- Over two dozen flights

- Testing of low-level ELOS and video transmission with the Silvus radios

"To meet the needs of our customers, we are required to fly in many high-density altitude areas, such as high-elevation, hot and humid regions, and mountainous terrains. These positive performance tests have proven the Swift021 VTOL UAS will take-off, transition, perform with precision, and land accurately at +10,000 ft density altitude. This is a huge step in expanding the flight envelope of the Swift021," said Alex Echeverria, Vice President of Swift Tactical Systems.

"As temperatures go up, performance will decrease. As altitude goes up, performance will decrease. As humidity in the air increases, performance will decrease. With any of these, performance will be bad, but if you have all of them at the same time, performance will be even worse.

"Silvus StreamCaster radios give us the ability to confidently and reliably stream video and data back to the ground station time and time again, even in challenging conditions and austere environments. So it's nice not to have to worry about that," added Echeverria.

As Swift Tactical Systems continues to improve upon the capabilities of the Swift021 UAS, they are able to support longer range and higher altitudes missions. These extended capabilities are being put to use as Swift Tactical Systems continues to support The Bahamas Ministry of National Security in extending their UAS program designed to provide better support for their police, defense force, and customs operations throughout the island chain.

"Leveraging Swift's 35-year pedigree of advanced vehicles and systems, Swift Tactical Systems offers a complete UAS suite with unmatched flexibility, quality, and safety. In addition, Swift Tactical Systems' diverse portfolio of services and products focused on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) to enhance situational awareness. Thus allowing our customers to make better-informed decisions during time-critical missions," Says Rick Heise, President & CEO of Swift Tactical Systems.

Contact details from our directory:
Swift Engineering, Inc. Airframer
Silvus Technologies, Inc. Airborne Communication Systems, Communication Antennas
Related aircraft programs:
Swift Engineering Swift021
Related directory sectors:
Test Services