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Swedish Company Airolit's BVLOS Drones to Enhance CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle Capabilities.

Carmenta, BAE Systems Hägglunds, and UAV manufacturer Airolit have joined forces to integrate autonomous drone surveillance capabilities into the CV90 combat vehicle. This collaboration aims to enhance situational awareness on the battlefield and extend the vehicle's sensor range.

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BAE Systems CV90 IFV to be fitted with Airolit Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drones (Picture source: Airolit and BAE Systems)

The project involves equipping the CV90 with Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drones, allowing for silent, pre-programmed surveillance missions and the collection of real-time video intelligence. A demonstrator developed by Carmenta has already shown the effectiveness of these drones during test flights, confirming their transformative potential in modern military operations.

Stefan Thelin, Chief Technology Officer at BAE Systems Hägglunds, highlights the strategic importance of this integration: "Autonomous drones provide vital real-time data that are crucial for rapid and informed decision-making on the battlefield." These drones act as autonomous loyal wingmen, projecting captured visual data directly onto a 3D map.

Users can analyze this information in real-time using mixed-reality VR headsets produced by Varjo, creating an immersive and collaborative experience. This enhanced analytical capability is essential for decisions in critical situations.

Torbjörn Lönnqvist, CEO of Carmenta, expresses pride in this collaboration: "We have developed adaptable and scalable technology for the tactical management of drones, which has made us a key partner for BAE Systems Hägglunds in this avant-garde project."

The project leverages Carmenta's expertise in geospatial technologies to create concealed routes for the drones, thereby improving the operational efficiency and safety of the CV90's combat missions. The technology enables drones to navigate by following terrain and avoiding enemy threats, thus enhancing the vehicle's tactical and strategic capabilities.

The successful integration of autonomous drones into the CV90 represents an important step in reconnaissance and surveillance operations. By improving the range of sensors and the quality of intelligence gathered, this project positions BAE Systems Hägglunds and its partners at the forefront of defense technology, ready to meet the modern challenges of the battlefield with innovative and effective solutions.

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