Nano “Bug” drone developed by BAE Systems and UAVTEK.

The British Army have received 30 units of nano “Bug” drones developed by BAE Systems and UAVTEK for tests.

The Bug is a nano-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) weighing 196g – similar to the weight of a smartphone – with 40 minute battery life and a 2km range. It boasts a stealthy low visual profile and the ability to fly even in strong winds of more than 50mph.

It will provide the armed forces a video feed beyond line of sight, enhancing situational awareness. Combined with other products, the feed can be shared across land, sea and air.

British Army to test BAE Systems-UAVTEK Deliver Stealthy Nano “Bug” Drones

It was the only nano-UAV able to cope with the uncompromising weather during a recent Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) event hosted by the Ministry of Defence’s Future Capability Group.

The teams are now working on the next developments on the nano-UAV, exploring sensing equipment and capabilities which could be added, as well as how the Bug could be integrated with other military equipment.