The AR5 LIFE RAY EVOLUTION is a medium-altitude and medium-endurance fixed wing UAS. Search and Rescue, surveillance or maritime patrol missions benefit from the increased endurance, reduced operating costs and lower risk to life offered by the AR5.

AR5 LIFE RAY EVOLUTION is the European Maritime Patroller, selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and in partnership with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to test and demonstrate European-wide UAS-based maritime surveillance activities.

AR5 EVOLUTION main capabilities

  • Multiple platforms, one system
  • Tactical UAS ranging from 150 to 500Kg MTOW
  • BLOS satellite communications
  • High precision video, imagery and sensor data in real-time
  • Flexible architecture, supporting multiple types of payloads and datalinks
  • Highest production standards, and prepared for certification
  • Used in multiple collaborative projects for testing and validation
  • ITAR Free
  • Fully managed LoS and BLoS datalink handover
  • Short unpaved runways for take-off and landing
  • Automatic take-off and landing (ATOL)

AR5 LIFE RAY – The European Maritime Patroller


The RAPSODY Project, led by TEKEVER, will test the use of unmanned aerial systems in a maritime context through real-conditions demonstration of two scenarios: search and rescue missions; and pollution and oil spill monitoring. The systems will operate over the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. This is the first time unmanned aerial systems will be introduced into maritime surveillance missions in Europe.


Wide Area Surveilance

Near Shore and Maritime Missions

mission wide areas search
  • Autonomous surveillance of large maritime and land areas, with onboard multi-sensor pattern detection
  • Combined use of LoS and BLoS datalinks to maximize performance and minimize operational costs
  • Multi-mission support, including border protection, fire surveillance and infrastructure monitoring
mission maritime
  • Optimised onboard and ground algorithms for oil spill detection
  • Multi-sensor fusion and specialised support to Search and Rescue operations
  • Prepared for anti-piracy and traffic control missions
  • Support to fisheries inspection using high precision sensors

Technical data

Wingspan 430 cm
Length 300 cm
MTOW 150 kg
Cruise Speed 140 km/h
Endurance 8 to 12 hours
Available payload capacity
(in addition to minimum sensor and communications packages)
up to 50 Kg
AR5 Evolution

Sensor Package and Communications Package

Minimum sensor package

  • 1 multi sensor 3 axis gyro stabilized gimbal
  • AIS receiver

Available optional sensors

  • Multi sensor 3 axis gyro stabilized gimbal
  • AIS receiver
  • AIS transponder
  • Mini SAR
  • LWIR
  • LRF
  • Direction finder

Typical communications package:

Line of Sight

  • Configurable CNPC SDR DL, default between 400MHz and 1.2GHz
  • Configurable CNPC SDR back-up DL, default between 400MHz and 1.2GHz
  • Configurable Payload DL, default between 1.2GHz and 6GH

Beyond Line of Sight (optional)

  • CNPC DL over commercial Satcom service @ 1.5-1.6 GHz (L-Band)
  • Payload DL over commercial Satcom service @ 1.5-1.6 GHz (L-Band, shared)

Other options available upon request