Combat Search & Rescue

Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) is an integral part of our Army Aviation mission and maintain a variety of manned and unmanned aircraft dedicated to personnel recovery operations in hostile environments. Because of the complex nature of this type of operation, Command and Control require a great deal of flexibility from supporting units. As such, real-time intelligence data is the critical element in determining the enemy threat level. Collins Aerospace TASE™ imaging systems collect full-motion video utilizing multiple sensors in support of a breadth of intelligence operations. 

When selecting EO/IR sensors, a key capability for CSAR and RSTA missions is superior resolution. Low-resolution video systems may be useful for spotting large targets (e.g., cars, boats), but will have limited utility in spotting individuals. Isolated personnel will normally not be recovered until their identity has been positively confirmed.


The TASE400 BLK II utilizes High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC); H.265 has a significantly higher compression ratio which preserves more of the original image than H.264 and can save around 50% of the bit rate. Delivering higher quality imagery faster gives CSAR mission commanders the information needed so isolated personnel can be authenticated, a suitable extraction site located, and the actual recovery can occur.

Piccolo Flight Management

The US armed forces have turned to UAVs as a means of dealing with the limitations imposed on our armed forces. UAVs are increasingly becoming the platform of choice for a variety of missions. Our Piccolo™ Flight Management System is the industry standard, and is flying on more types of aircraft than any other autopilot. The Piccolo family of systems provides a complete solution in autopilot, navigation, flight management, and ground control; offering the highest performance available.  

SkyRunner selected the Collins TASE400 BLK II and the TASE400 LD STANAG 3733 imaging sensor. The SkyRunner MK3.2 is the first FAA certified, Sport Motorized power-parachute designed to support DoD and CSAR missions.