Area-I’s Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned System or ALTIUS was conceived in 2011 under an Air Force SBIR contract to develop a high-endurance air-frame that would store and launch from the Air Force’s Common Launch Tube (CLT) to conduct Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The ALTIUS is an integral part of the Air-Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Tactical Off-Board Sensing (TOBS) program.
Area-I has also developed an ALTIUS variant for the Navy, which was designed to launch from the smaller Sonobuoy Launch Container (SLC). This variant was specifically tailored to conduct Magnetic Anomoly Detection (MAD) missions and carries a sensitive magnetometer which is used to detect submarines for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).
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