AeroVironment RQ-20A Puma AE

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RQ-20A Puma AE (All Environment) is a fully waterproof, small,unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed for land and maritime operations. Capable of landing in water or on land, the Puma AE empowers the operator with an operational flexibility never before available in the small
UAS class.

The Puma AE delivers 3.5+ hours of flight endurance with versatile smart batteries options to support diverse mission requirements. Its powerful propulsion system and aerodynamic design make it efficient and easy to launch especially in high altitudes and hotter climates. Puma AE carries a gimbaled payload with an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) cameras.

For increased payload capacity, an optional under wing Transit Bay is available, plus a plug and play secondary power adapter is incorporated for increased mission flexibility.

The enhanced precision navigation system with secondary GPS provides greater positional accuracy and reliability of the Puma AE. AV’s common ground control system allows the operator to control the aircraft manually or program it for GPS-based autonomous navigation.


  • Solar cell powered
  • Fuel cell powered

Key Features

  • All Environment – Fully Waterproof
  • 3.5+ Hour Flight Endurance
  • Smart Battery options to support diverse missions
  • Gimbaled EO & IR Payload
  • Increased Payload Capacity with optional under wing Transit Bay
  • Powerful and Efficient Propulsion System
  • Precision Navigation System with Secondary GPS
  • Plug and Play Secondary Power Adapter
  • Reinforced Fuselage for Improved Durability

Gimbaled payload, 360 degree continuous pan,+10 to -90 degrees tilt, stabilized EO, IR camera,and IR Illuminator all in one modular payload.

Common GCS with Raven, Wasp and Shrike

Launch Method
Hand-launched, rail launch (optional)

Recovery Method
Autonomous or manual deep-stall landing


Max. Takeoff Weight
Max Speed
RQ-20A Puma AE1.42.86.183153.5152

USAAeroVironmentMonrovia, California