After more than a year of eager anticipation, Leonardo, a leading aerospace and defense company, recently unveiled its concept model of the Proteus Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aerial System (RWUAS) during the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2023 in London.

This exciting development marks a significant step forward in unmanned aerial systems, showcasing a drone with a single main rotor and a design that underscores its conceptual maturity and modularity.

Proteus’ Versatile Capabilities

The Proteus RWUAS, falling within the two- to three-ton class category, offers a versatile range of capabilities. Its mission profile includes intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, reconnaissance, and logistics delivery.

However, it’s important to note that the final design of the Proteus will depend on the integration of potential systems, ensuring it remains at the forefront of cutting-edge drone technology.

One of the most eagerly awaited milestones in the Proteus project is the planned flight of a two- to three-ton RWUAS demonstrator “in the middle of this decade.” This significant event aims to contribute to the UK Royal Navy’s Future Maritime Aviation Force (FMAF) agenda, emphasizing Leonardo’s commitment to supporting the nation’s defense goals.