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AEL

Aero Electronics Ltd
AEL (RPV) Ltd


History

Aero Electronics Ltd, of Horley, Surrey, were initially solely an aviation electronics company.

Recognising the need for a realistic aerial target for air defence weapon systems when, in these days of ever escalating costs, the use of a full size manned aircraft or highly sophisticated drone became increasingly less attractive,  AEL developed a series of RPVs culminating in the Snipe target. AEL produced the Mk's 1, 2 and 3 before being taken over by the Meggitt Corporation, under who production continued with the Mks 4, 5 and 15.

Company References
  1. Jane’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Targets, 2009



Project Data top

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Year

Spec

Status

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Description

References

   Merlin    Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
   Falcon    Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
  AEL4024 Heron    Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
   Mossette    Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
   SATS    Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
  AEL4030 Training Drone    Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
  AEL4111 Snipe Mk.1  197?  Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 1
  AEL4111 Snipe Mk.2  197?  Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 2
  AEL4560 Smidge  197?  Prdn? ?? Unmanned aerial target 1
  AEL4600 Streek  197?  Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 3
  AEL4700 Snipe Mk.3  197?  Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 3
   Snipe Mk.4  198?  Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
   Snipe Mk.5  198?  Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
   Snipe Mk.15  198?  Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 
  AEL4800 Sparrowhawk  198?  Prdn ?? Unmanned aerial target 4

Project References
  1. Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1977-1978, ed. John W R Taylor
  2. Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1979-1980, ed. John W R Taylor
  3. Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1982-1983, ed. John W R Taylor
  4. Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1985-1986, ed. John W R Taylor



Production Data

   Total AEL Production     ??   

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