Optionally Piloted Huntsman Promoted For ‘Gray Zone’ Ops

A militarized derivative of the Glasair Aviation Sportsman monoplane, the Huntsman is being actively marketed for “gray zone” operations in places like Central Africa where there are few or no U.S. forward operating bases.

PIRatE Lab’s insight:
TLS Services & Consulting debuted its new “Huntsman” optionally piloted intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft in Nashville this week. A militarized derivative of the single-engine, four-seat Glasair Aviation Sportsman monoplane, the Huntsman is being actively marketed for “gray zone” operations in places like Central Africa where there are few or no U.S. forward operating bases.
An exhibition model of the Huntsman, registered as an experimental aircraft, tail number N205TD, was on display in the convention hall of the Opryland Hotel. The aircraft is specifically designed to support covert special forces missions overseas or perhaps police, security and border patrol work at home.
It has been outfitted with underbelly communications and signals intelligence payloads and a forward-mounted FLIR Star Safire 380HDc multispectral imaging and laser targeting sensor. A video monitor is mounted in the rear cabin to watch the sensor feeds.

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