LUNA NG and LUNA UAS

Unmanned air-supported reconnaissance system

LUNA NG – Airborne Reconnaissance System

The LUNA NG unmanned aircraft is the latest element in the LUNA system for real-time airborne surveillance, detection and tracking. With its ultra-light but highly stable fuselage structure made of CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic), it offers a flight time of over 12 hours – and with its data link range of over 100km, it achieves a spatial coverage of more than 30,000 km2.

Slim, Ready for Use, Inconspicuous

The big advantage of the LUNA system is its high level of flexibility both during transportation and use. The compact ground station fits into small vehicles or standard cabins, allowing for quick transport – e.g. by helicopter. Independent of runways, the aircraft can be launched from almost anywhere using a rope hoist catapult, and landing is autonomous using differential GPS in the net or by parachute. In flight, the LUNA NG impresses with its low acoustic, thermal and radar signatures.

Simple Operation, many possible applications

Operation of the LUNA NG system has been tried and tested for a long time and can be carried out after a short period of training. Extensive automation ensures safe and reliable operations. Mission planning and data analysis are conducted using the software supplied. A cost-efficient modular system allows the LUNA NG aircraft to be specifically equipped with the required payload – including:

  • Modular payloads (incl. EO, IR, acoustics, spectrum analysing)
  • LTE network/comms relay/command post connection
  • Tactical SatCom intelligence
  • IMEI tracker
  • AI supported data evaluation
  • Sensor-to-shooter capabilities and connectivity
  • Integration of Electronic Support Measures (ESM)

LUNA UAS – Air Reconnaissance and Surveillance System

The LUNA drone system for unmanned aerial reconnaissance is a sophisticated solution for real-time surveillance, detection and tracking.

It has proven itself in missions around the globe thanks to a flight time of 6 hours (optionally 8) and a range of >100km, which can be increased by SatCom.

The drone can be launched via catapult in almost any terrain, offers numerous payload options and is a cost-effective, reliable choice for both military and civilian applications.

Quickly ready for use at any time.

With its robust fiberglass composite construction and 40kg take-off weight, the high-performance motor glider can be made ready for take-off by just a few personnel and silently launched into the air via the collapsible self-propelled catapult. Thanks to extensive automation, operation is extremely simple and requires no previous flying experience. The compact components of the ground station fit into cabins or small vehicles – which enables rapid relocation if required, e.g. by transport helicopter.

Always reliable in the air

Powered by a low-noise two-stroke twin-cylinder fuel-injected engine, the LUNA drone reaches a service ceiling of up to 5,000 metres. It impresses with reliable flight characteristics in every season and even in adverse weather conditions. A special feature is the driveless gliding flight with subsequent restarting of the engine. The drone can complete pre-programmed flight routes autonomously without signals from the ground station, alternatively it can be controlled remotely – also with the help of a relay drone if, for example, the area of operation is in radio shadow. The drone lands autonomously via differential GPS in the net or via parachute.

Well equipped for the future

Equipped with first-class optics, state of the art optics for pilot view and ground view, the drone transmits real-time images and data. Additional payloads can be attached to the standard swivelling payload platform as required and for any purpose – whether thermal imaging, near-IR zoom cameras, SAR, EW payloads or numerous other sensor systems.

The LUNA system is already equipped for the latest developments in aerial reconnaissance – and thus a reliable investment in the future.

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