Small, Smart, Long Range ISR
DP-12 Rhino: Key Capabilities
- Payloads: 150 lbs
- VTOL: No runway or recovery equipment required
- Fits in pickup truck bed, humvee, small utility trailer, or van
- Designed to operate autonomously in complex environments
- Fast and agile: Speed up to 112 kts, rapid climb 500 ft/minute under load
- Crosswinds up to 30 knots
- Stable hover, no stall speed
- High bandwidth encrypted comm link
DP-12 Rhino: Overview
The DP-12 Rhino is a small, powerful, autonomous UAV designed to carry payloads of up to 150 lbs over long distances up to 300 nautical miles (about 340 miles). The DP-12 delivers precision control, stable hover, nap-of-earth flight, and secure communications.
Small and easy to maneuver, the Rhino fits in the back of a standard pickup truck, humvee, small utility trailer, or van. The Rhino is a VTOL — vertical take-off/land — UAV; no runway or recovery equipment required. It can take off and land in unprepared sites with little clearance -- including from the bed of a pickup truck or trailer. It takes only 1 person to operate, with user-friendly waypoint navigation.
Operators can take advantage of multiple hard points (fore, aft, sides, and belly) on the Rhino to carry many different kinds of payloads. With a modular design and wide center of gravity (CE) envelope, you can configure the tandem UAV for your specific industry or application.
Typical payloads for the DP-12 Rhino include cameras, stereo vision, synthetic aperature radar, ultra wideband radar, LIDAR, EOIR, magnetometers, ground-penetrating radar, lasers and mapping packages, IMU, acoustic and ultrasonic sensors, secure communication relays and links, and other useful payloads.
DP-12 Rhino: Features
User-friendly waypoint navigation
Simple, one-person operation
User-defined lost-link protocols
Detailed aircraft status information
5 minutes if “hot on the pad” and flight path is already programmed.
10 minutes from cold start, if flight path is already programmed.
15 minutes from cold start, including programming a new flight path.
The DP-12 Rhino can lift 150 lbs. Operators can increase range by trading payload for fuel. Endurance for typical loads:
- 150 lbs payload for 1 hour
- 32 lbs payload for 3 hours
Payloads can attach to external hard points at the midsection, underbelly, and other areas. EO/IR gimbals mount on a modular avionics rack.
The DP-12 Rhino is flexible and modular, with several options for landing gear and payload mounts. DPI can also customize landing gear and payload mounts for your specific industry or application.
Precision control via autonomous flight path programming.
Manual control: Transfer control to a remote team.
NOE (Nap of earth) flight even in complex terrain, such as jungle, mountain, forest, and urban environments.
NLOS (Non-line-of-sight) flight, even in GPS-denied environments.
Autonomous operation, including self-launch and self-recover in unprepared sites.
Onboard computer for autonomous avionics and payload processing.
Flexible power input allows you to recharge batteries from different sources.
Small profile: Small acoustic profile (about the sound of a vacuum cleaner) and small visual profile, to be less disruptive to livestock and wildlife.
DP-12 Rhino: Specifications
Download the DP-12 Rhino Specifications.