A1-SM FURIA gallery

The A1-SM Furia has been designed and manufactured entirely in Ukraine and does not use any foreign components in its manufacture. It is a drone specially designed to perform ISR (intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance) tasks, although it is also very effective for artillery fire correction. The complete system consists of three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), three daytime cameras, two nighttime cameras equipped with thermal imagers, a photo camera, a GCS-3 ground control station, an antenna system, an elastic catapult, a repair kit and a battery Li-ion 21000 mAh.
The A1-SM has the shape of a flying wing and is made of lightweight and highly resistant materials such as carbon fiber, fiberglass and kevlar that give it a weight of only 5.5 kg at takeoff. This UAV measures 0.90 meters in length and has a wingspan of 2 meters. It is powered by a small electric motor that moves a two bladed propeller located at the rear of the fuselage, developing a maximum speed of 75 km/h (cruising 65 km/h), a flight autonomy of about 3 hours. This drone can fly with maximum winds of about 50 km/h.
The Furia is launched into the air by means of an elastic band (catapult) or directly propelled by a person (mechanical). The system is operated by one or two operators, depending on the mission, and can be deployed in just 15 minutes from mission announcement. It has 3 flight modes: autonomous, semiautomatic guided and camera guided modes with automatic takeoff and landing if necessary. The landing can be carried out by means of a parachute installed on board, or in a conventional way, such as a plane.
A1-SM Furia system has interesting features in its guidance and mission modes. The UAVs are guided by an inertial or satellite navigation system with the possibility of autonomous flight and return to base without the use of satellite navigation. It uses the navigation systems GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), Galileo (Europe), BeiDou (China), QZSS (Japan) and SBAS (Satellite-based Augmentation Systems) support. The route can also be changed during the flight by sending data through an AES256 encrypted command line. It has a radio silent flight mode and a camera guidance mode and its automatic target acquisition system and automatic static and moving target tracking system can be integrated with an artillery fire control system.
A1-SM system is controlled from a CGS-3 ground control station, which can be operated by one or two operators if necessary. The station is installed on a highly resistant waterproof case and has two 22-inch Full HD monitors and a waterproof keyboard. The system works with an i7 based PC working on Linux OS with 250Gb SSD system volume and 1TB data storage. The equipment has two USB 3.0 ports for external data carriers and devices connection as well as Ethernet and Audio-Video (AV) outs for transmission of data. It also has a double battery charger for the UAV, and the entire station works through a 220V external power source or through 12V unified removable batteries similar to those of the UAV.
The Furia system’s UAVs do not have weapons and only have an interchangeable vision module in the nose with two types of cameras for day or night observation. The daytime vision module is based on the Sony FCB-H11 system and can be used from a maximum height of 1,200 meters. It has a 10X optical zoom with contrast enhancement and can record video in Full HD (1080p). This camera has a horizontal angle of view from 50° to 5.4° and a 360º sightline azimuth and features a 2-axis gyrostabilization system. The nighttime vision module can make observations from a maximum height of about 550 meters and is equipped with a thermal imager that can also display infrared images. This system can offer color and black and white images and can record video with 640х480 resolution. It uses 35mm lenses, has a 2-axis gyrostabilization system and has a 2.4X digital zoom.
In addition to the two vision modules, the Furia also has a 12 Mpx camera with digital stabilization, a 24X digital zoom and a 12X optical zoom. This camera sends images continuously and can record video and send it in real time to the control station, where the operator can control the zoom manually. Another component of the Furia system is a quick mount antenna system that can be adjusted up to 6.5 meters in height. The antenna has a range of 60 km and can be mounted on a tripod or attached to the ground by cables, although it can also be easily installed in vehicles. The set has a small motor for the automatic tracking of the UAV.
Mission preparation for these UAVs is fairly straightforward and can be accomplished in about 15 minutes. After installing the mission required optical module, batteries and antenna in the UAV, the antenna system is lifted and connected to the control station and the mission parameters are downloaded to the UAV. Then the UAV is launched into the air and is ready for ground control using specialized software for the pilot and analyst.
The number of Furia Systems put into service is unknown, although the manufacturer states that there have been more than 100 since 2014. Surely that number has multiplied after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine in 2022, where UAVs are being essential in operations. Despite the usefulness of these systems, we must not forget their high vulnerability even to light infantry weapons, for this reason the manufacturer recommends that these UAVs not fly below 500 meters of altitude. Its small silhouette, low radar signature, and stealth are its best weapons against the enemy.

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