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Spaitech SPARROW LE


Long-Endurance ISR Drone [ 2021 ]



The SPARROW LE is a long-ranged ISR drone built on ease-of-operation and inherent versatility originating from Spain.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/07/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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The SPARROW LE is a lightweight, compact Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) drone designed, developed, and produced by Spaitech of Spain. The concern is responsible for a complete line-up of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAVs) available worldwide, each with unique capabilities and proven reliability. The SPARROW LE features an all-electric drive, glider-like mainplanes for exceptional lift-versus-drag qualities, and "V-tail" tailplane arrangement, and centers its optics set under the fuselage in conventional fashion.

The system has long-endurance for a UAS of this class and sports qualities that include low procurement costs, ease-of-operation, and versatility. Optics are gyro-stabilized and can support general camera function (video, still photography) as well as thermal imaging. Like other Spaitech products, the UAS can also be equipped with a dosimeter for measuring radioactivity.

The 3.0-meter-wide SPARROW LE can fly for up to four hours out to a range of 155 miles up to an altitude of 16,405 feet. Online transmission is out to 12.4 miles. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of the system is listed at 15.4 lb. The all-electric drive is used to power a multi-bladed propeller unit fitted to the nose, is eco-friendly, and produces far less operating noise than a conventionally-fueled engine. Cruising speeds can reach up to 62 mph.

The aircraft is launched simply by hand by the operator with its landing aided by a parachute recovery arrangement.

The complete kit includes the Sparrow LE unit itself (up to three can be networked), the hardened-case Ground Control Unit (GCU), tracker-equipped, tripod-mounted antenna complex, optics set, spare parts, and carrying cases / bags.

Beyond its obvious military value (reconnaissance / scouting, artillery spotting / redirection, SPECOPS), the Sparrow LE can be used in civilian and industry-minded circles covering law enforcement, border enforcement, maritime law enforcement, engineering support, Search and Rescue (SAR), and the like.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
2021

Origin
Spain national flag graphic
Spain

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
500
UNITS


National flag of Spain Spain
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Special Forces
Serving Special Forces / Special Operations elements and missions.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


ALL-ELECTRIC
Design utilizes an all-electric powerplant for drive power.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
HIGH-SPEED PERFORMANCE
Can accelerate to higher speeds than average aircraft of its time.
HIGH-ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
SUPER PERFORMANCE
Design covers the three all-important performance categories of speed, altitude, and range.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
UNMANNED OPERATION
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
AUTONOMOUS OPERATION
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.


Width/Span
9.8 ft
(3.00 m)
Empty Wgt
15 lb
(7 kg)
MTOW
15 lb
(7 kg)
Wgt Diff
+0 lb
(+0 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Spaitech SPARROW LE production variant)
monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
High-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base Spaitech SPARROW LE production variant)
Installed: 1 x Electric powerpack driving multi-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
68 mph
(110 kph | 59 kts)
Cruise Speed
53 mph
(85 kph | 46 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+16 mph
(+25 kph | 13 kts)
Ceiling
16,404 ft
(5,000 m | 3 mi)
Range
155 mi
(250 km | 463 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Spaitech SPARROW LE production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Payload restricted to camera / optics / sensor fits.


Supported Types




(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
SPARROW LE - Base Series Name.


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