XTENDER | “Metaverse” technology for special forces on the modern battlefield – VIDEO
Defence Redefined
Published on 23/02/2022 at 19:22

The Israeli company XTEND aspires to introduce “metaverse” technology through machine learning on the modern battlefield, with the new generation sUAS system XTENDER for indoor and outdoor use.

The tactical XTENDER platform is used for ISR purposes, while it has built-in advanced indoor-outdoor navigation capability and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that allow it to be operated remotely. The “Skylord” operating system provides complete localization and situational awareness, using advanced virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies, combined with advanced AI algorithms. The system features a hand gesture controller, while it is very easy to operate.

As the company typically states, the integrated, patented Drone-Teaming and Mark & Fly technologies allow multiple drones (swarming) to enter a remote site carrying the appropriate payload required by the mission, perform the required tasks (e.g. real-time classification, verification and tracking of targets) and seamlessly exit regardless of any limitations on signal transmission or GNSS-denied environments. 

XTENDER technical characteristics:

  • Dimensions: Length 30 cm, Width 30 cm, Height 9.9 cm
  • Weight with battery: 1.2 kg
  • Operator’s camera: Electro-optical sensor /Starlight for use in low light conditions
  • Maximum payload weight: 150 g
  • Maximum range (LOS): 2 km (outdoor)
  • Encryption: AES128 / 256
  • Operating frequencies: 915 Mhz / 1.6-2.4 Ghz
  • Video frequencies: 5.8 Ghz / 1.6-2.4 Ghz
  • Maximum bandwidth: 500 kbps
  • Control station weight (GCS): 1.5 kg
  • Operating temperatures: -10 – +50 C 
  • Maximum wind resistance: 5 knots

The sUAS XTENDER is made in the USA while no special training is required in its operation. With minimal training, the operator can perform reconnaissance and data collection missions such as close-quarters combat (CQB), clearance, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and tripwire identification without any physical contact with enemy forces.

Steve Ball, XTEND Sales Manager, says that for the first time, forces can now carry out indoor missions without approaching the combat arena, and without putting themselves at risk. The system, Mr. Ball added, was designed based on the experience of the XTEND team which is 100% made of army and Special Operations Forces veterans.

The XTENDER has already been operationally deployed by the US DoD, the Israeli MOD, and in other countries. Watch the video below to learn more about the capabilities of the system:

Also read: Cyprus Police | Innovative UAS EDOMON by ALTUS LSA – Photos and VIDEO




Pin It on Pinterest

Share This