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AREA-I Altius

Air-Launched Effects (ALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

United States | 2020

"The AREA-I Altius series of ALEs has been proven through multiple in-service American military and civilian vehicles."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the AREA-I Altius-600 Air-Launched Effects (ALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
1 x Engine driving two-bladed propeller at rear of fuselage in pusher arrangement.
104 mph
167 kph | 90 kts
Max Speed
273 miles
440 km | 238 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the AREA-I Altius-600 Air-Launched Effects (ALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
3.3 ft
1.00 m
O/A Length
8.3 ft
(2.54 m)
O/A Width
26 lb
(12 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the AREA-I Altius Air-Launched Effects (ALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) .
Variable based on mission requirement; held internally.
Notable series variants as part of the AREA-I Altius family line.
Altius - Base Series Name.
Altius-700 - Model of 2021; increased payload capacity; increased operational range.
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The Area-I Altius-600 is an autonomous, tactical-level, high-agility Air-Launched Effects (ALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The vehicle can be tubed-launched or air-launched and setup for operations over land or sea within minutes of being unpacked. This multi-mission solution, capable of operating in low- and medium-altitude environments, features an endurance of over 4 hours and a range out to 275 miles while traveling at speeds of 100 miles-per-hour. The design has seen proven integration with existing American military hardware including the C-130 "Hercules" family of tactical transports, UH-60 "Black Hawk" multi-role helicopters, P-3 Orion over-water special-mission platforms, and lightweight flatbed vehicles.

The payload is designed to be modular, allowing the customer to outfit the system as needed per mission requirement. This allows the Altius-600 to undertake such critical over-battlefield missions as Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), SIGnals INTelligence (SIGINT), and anti-drone.

Its overall arrangement is essentially the tube-shaped fuselage (housing power supply, engine, payload, and optics set) with straight monoplane mainplanes and downward-canted tailfins. The engine turns a two-bladed propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage in pusher fashion. The aircraft can be launched via Common Launch Tube (CLT) or Pneumatically-Integrated Launch System (PILS), giving it considerable tactical flexibility in-the-field - capable of launching from fixed-wing, rotary-wing, vehicle, and watercraft platforms. The entire unit weights a manageable 27lb.

The Altius-700 was announced in November of 2021 as a dimensionally larger variant of the Altius-600, now able to fly for over five hours and carry multiple payload types to cover multiple sortie requirements in one go.

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November 2021 - AREA-I has revealed the larger, more powerful Altius-700 ALE UAS.

Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the AREA-I Altius. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 10 Units

Contractor(s): AREA-I, Incorporated - USA
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