Carolina Unmanned Vehicles
Carolina Unmanned Vehicles (CUV) is a small woman-owned company founded in 1993 with an initial market focus on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Since 2000 CUV has added several versions of a small mobile tethered blimp, the Lightweight Aerostat System (LAS), carrying electronic payloads up to 30 kg. LAS is adaptable to COMINT / SIGINT payloads and communications relays and can carry Electro-Optic and IR payloads for very long term surveillance of logistics sites, camps and other facilities. Customers’ include the Army, USAF, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Sandia National Laboratory. In 2011 / 12 CUV delivered the Small Tactical Multi-Payload Aerostat System (STMPAS), which were deployed to Afghanistan. STMPAS provides Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability for small tactical units in Afghanistan and other locations. Non-military applications include law enforcement, border security and research.
Recent additional projects in the small UAS arena include a unique Counter UAS system, the EXCIPIO UAS Interception System being developed jointly by Carolina Unmanned Vehicles and Theiss UAV Solutions. The EXCIPIO (“I capture” in Latin) is a small UAS that can intercept a threat UAS, and employ a rapidly ejected net to ensnare the threat UAS, entangling the rotors or propellers. Excipio offers a true “surgical” precision required to intercept and neutralize a UAS threat, regardless of electronic shielding, type, or size of airframe. It is completely effective against UAS with fully autonomous navigation and control systems. EXCIPIO can be a standalone interception and defeat system or be used in conjunction with other detection systems.