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Aviation week reviews Nano UAV market

Aviation week reviews Nano UAV market

The latest issue of Aviation week has reviewed the Nano UAS market and reports on Swarm Systems as follows:

“The recently announced Owl 4 quadcoptor from British company Swarm Systems represents a different approach. At under 250 grams, it provides the maximum possible payload and endurance while not being an aviation hazard – at the “sweet spot” of capability according to CEO Stephen Crampton. He adds that the SBS limit has been increased to 250 grams.

“Owl has a modular design to accept plug-and-play payloads from third-party developers. Its initial role will be as “Flying Binoculars” with both thermal and daylight cameras on a stabilized gimbal, but alternative payloads will provide a wider range of capabilities.

“Owl might carry a chemical sniffer able to detect traces of explosives or toxic gases, or an electronic warfare package to locate and ta into enemy battlefield communications. Another payload being considered is an offensive jammer for the counterdrone mission, getting close to enemy drones to selectively block their communications and bring them down. Ground-based jammers risk bringing down friendly drones or causing other collateral electronic damage and are limited to line of sight.”

Full article here (paywall)



Distributors wanted for <br>Owl 4

Distributors wanted for
Owl 4

  • Swarm Systems is looking for Marketing Partners.
  • If Owl 4TM can gain UK export permission to military organisations in your country, then we are interested in talking to you.
  • First sales in 2018.

Swarm Systems’ has UK Government export approval to sell Owl 4TM in 32 countries and is likely to receive approval for more than 100 other countries.

Do you have a strong military sales relationship with the military organisations in your country? If so, please contact us about becoming a Swarm Systems’ Marketing Partner and making Owl 4TM sales happen in your country in 2018.

Our target is to make sales in 20 countries during 2018.

Please contact us and perhaps book a meeting slot at DSEI 2017

Owl 4  Flying Binoculars <br>UAS

Owl 4 Flying Binoculars

  • ‘Flying Binoculars’ for small teams to see ‘over the hill’, ‘round the corner’ and ‘inside the building’.
  • Sub-250g Class Nano UAS / Soldier Borne Sensor.
  • So small that it ‘fits in a shirt pocket’.
  • Open for ‘plug ‘n play’ specialist payloads.
  • Taking first orders for delivery in 2018.

Owl 4TM is Swarm Systems’ 4th generation of UAS. It benefits from the company’s focus on researching sub-250g UAS for 10 years. Stephen Crampton, CEO stated ‘The user need is for stable, high-quality imagery any place, any time – that is what Owl 4TM delivers.’

The main feedback that Swarm Systems has had from deployments of other, first generation Nano UAS Air Vehicles in Afghanistan and Iraq that are much, much lighter is that they are not able to be used when the wind increases or when GNSS (GPS) is denied. Operation in strong wind and when GNSS is denied are two key capabilities of Owl 4TM.

The next major requirement was for an Open Systems UAS. Owl 4TM delivers a capability where specialists can develop ‘plug ‘n play’ payloads for the Air Vehicle.

Regulators in the United States, the European Union, China and many other countries are settling on 250g as the limit below which an Air Vehicle is seen as ‘intrinsically safe’. There is no requirement for Air Vehicle registration.

See Swarm Systems at DSEI, London 12-15 Sep 2017

See Swarm Systems at DSEI, London 12-15 Sep 2017

  • Swarm Systems will be at the DSEI Event in London.
  • Booth N3-597, 12-15 Sept.
  • Do you:
    • Need Flying Binoculars for the teams in your military organisation?
    • Want to be a Marketing Partner for Swarm Systems?
    • Want to join Swarm Systems?
  • Please contact us to arrange a meeting at DSEI 2017


Swarm Systems Ltd, London is a small, rapidly growing company that specialises in sub-250g UAS systems.  It has announced the Owl 4TM product that will ship in 2018.  It has been 10 years in the making.  Unlike other products, Owl 4TM can operate in strong winds and when GNSS is denied.

Swarm Systems is <br>10 Years Old

Swarm Systems is
10 Years Old

  • The team at Swarm Systems, London is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary
  • We specialise in developing military UAS that are sub-250g
  • Three generations of Owl UAS have been completed and used for research and development into technologies and systems enabling: Flying Binoculars and Swarming
  • Over 15 research grants have been won by Swarm Systems
  • We have accumulated more than 50 person-years of direct experience in developing sub-250g UAS
  • Work is ongoing developing the fourth generation Owl UAS, which will be our first military product