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Spaitech SPARROW

Multirole Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Drone

Ukraine | 2020

"The Spaitech SPARROW is a conventionally-minded drone originating out of Spain and has seen export to several players around the globe."

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 11/16/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
The field of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) has grown considerably since the long-running wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, giving rise to all new designs as well as all-new sub-categories. This global explosion has allowed companies, both big and small, to undertake solutions to satisfy industry needs across multiple sectors. Spaitech of Ukraine headlines a collection of UASs that includes the SPARROW, SPARROW LE, the WINDHOVER VTOL form, the ANSER, the COLUMBA, and the ARDEA. The SPARROW - the focus of this article - is known to be in use in the on-going War in Ukraine following its February 2022 invasion by Russia.

Like other UASs of this type, the SPARROW can be used across military, civilian, and industry sectors covering roles such as special forces support, general scouting / reconnaissance, artillery direction / re-direction, border patrol / maritime law / drug enforcement, Search & Rescue (SAR), data-collecting research, radiation survey, land survey, forestry review, Oil & Gas, power line review, engineering review, and environmental observation - such is its versatility.

The SPARROW is promoted with such key over-battlefield qualities as mobility, reliability, autonomy, ease-of-use / operation, and rapid deployment.

The 3.21-foot-wide Sparrow takes on a "flying wing" planform where most of its surface area is dedicated to a blended body-wing design. The aircraft has down-turned wingtips and a simple two-bladed propeller unit set at the nose. The flying wing planform allows for exceptional stability in flight while also increasing internal volume for the carrying of variable payload options. The gyro-stabilized optics are positioned under the center mass of the fuselage providing unfettered, 360-degree views of the terrain below. The UAS supports a real-time feed as well as thermal imaging, photography, and dosimeter (used to measure radiation exposure). With its all-electric powerplant, the aircraft is inherently eco-friendly and generates relatively low noise levels when in operation.

Maximum take-off weight is just 6.6lb and the compact aircraft cruises at speeds up to 68 miles-per-hour. Launching is by way of catapult and landing is aided by a parachute that is deployed as the system descends back to the ground to be recovered.

The aircraft can remain in flight for up to 85 minutes and has a range out to 43 miles while flying at altitudes of up to 6,560 feet. Online transmission is possible up to 12.4 miles.

The complete SPARROW kit includes the aircraft itself (up to three can be networked) as well as the Ground Control Unit (GCU) hardened laptop, carry bags / case, antenna component, tripod, and spare parts. It can be carried on the back of a single infantryman.

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May 2022 - Russian forces claimed to have downed a Ukrainian-operated Sparrow UAV in the ongoing fighting of Eastern Ukraine.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Spaitech SPARROW Multirole Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Drone.
1 x electric motor driving two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
68 mph
110 kph | 59 kts
Max Speed
47 mph
75 kph | 40 kts
Cruise Speed
6,562 ft
2,000 m | 1 miles
Service Ceiling
43 miles
70 km | 38 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Spaitech SPARROW Multirole Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Drone.
3.2 ft
(0.98 m)
O/A Width
7 lb
(3 kg)
Empty Weight
7 lb
(3 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Spaitech SPARROW Multirole Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Drone .
None. Payload reserved for optics.
Notable series variants as part of the Spaitech SPARROW family line.
SPARROW - Base Series Name.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Spaitech SPARROW. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1,000 Units

Contractor(s): Spaitech - Ukraine
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Image of the Spaitech SPARROW
Image from official Spaitech marketing materials.

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