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AeroVironment Jump 20

Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV / Drone

United States | 2020

"The AeroVironment Jump 20 combines the go-anywhere attitude of modern helicopters with a horizontal flight capability."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the AeroVironment Jump 20 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV / Drone.
1 x MOGAS 190cc EFI engine driving two-bladed propeller unit at the nose for conventional operation with battery-power driving 4 x Twin-bladed lift-props for VTOL operation.
59 mph
95 kph | 51 kts
Max Speed
16,995 ft
5,180 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
115 miles
185 km | 100 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the AeroVironment Jump 20 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV / Drone.
9.5 ft
2.90 m
O/A Length
18.7 ft
(5.70 m)
O/A Width
216 lb
(98 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the AeroVironment Jump 20 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV / Drone .
None. Mission payload related to Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role. Payload up to 30lb.
Notable series variants as part of the AeroVironment Jump 20 family line.
Jump 20 - Base Series Name.

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The AeroVironment Jump 20 series is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) / fixed-wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) by AeroVironment, Incorporated. The product adds to the deep stable (and experience) the company has garnered over the years in providing unmanned solutions to military, civilian, and industry sectors alike. The Jump 20 combines the capabilities of a modern-day helicopter while retaining the inherent-capabilities of fixed-wing flight - making it an ideal all-in-one solution.

The aircraft is given a conventional design arrangement as VTOL drones go: the slab-sided fuselage houses all pertinent operating systems including avionics, engine, fuel, and an underslung optics set. A two-bladed propeller unit is affixed to the nose to pull the aircraft to the air in horizontal flight envelopes. The optics are set in a blister / turret unit under the belly of the aircraft - this gives the component unfettered, 360-degree views of the terrain below. The mainplanes are seated at shoulder-height over the fuselage and each is given booms extended beyond the leading and trailing edges of the wing while mounting two-bladed lift-props (four in all) at each end of the booms. The lift-props provide the necessary vertical lifting for the drone, allowing it to reach out-of-the-way areas typically closed-off to fixed-wing types of same class. The empennage consists of a single vertical plane capped by a single horizontal plane to round out the in-flight control scheme.

The Jump 20 carries a modular multi-sensor pack to satisfy the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) requirement critical to many top-tier militaries. It can fly for up to 14 hours out to a range of 115 miles and its VTOL quality means it does not require the services of a prepared airfield / runway nor specialized launch / recovery gear. Preparation time is sixty minutes from unpacking to flight.

The aircraft is rated for mission loads up to 30lb that goes beyond the (retractable) optics fit - a payload bay is present for additional onboard stowage of special-mission equipment as needed. The optics fit itself is fully-stabilized and delivers an inherent tracking capability as well as real-time data / video feeding. Options in this regard include support for Electro-Optical (EO), MWIR, telescope, spotter, and InfraRed (IR) solutions through the available ARCAM-45D, WASCAM MX-8, TRILLIUM HD80, and TASE 400 LRS mountable solutions.

Power is of a hybrid arrangement seeing a single MOGAS 190cc EFI engine used for horizontal cruising and a battery supply to drive the lift-props for vertical flight. Operating speeds reach nearly 60 miles-per-hour. Structural dimensions include a running length of 9.5 feet and a wingspan of 18.8 feet. Gross take-off weight reaches 215lb.

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August 2022 - The United States Army has selected the AeroVironment Jump 20 series VTOL UAV to succeed (at least partly) its aging fleet of RQ-7 drones.

Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the AeroVironment Jump 20. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 100 Units

Contractor(s): AeroVironment, Incorporated - USA
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