The TIQUILA programme is expected to deliver Mini-Unmanned Air System (MUAS) capability to provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) roles in small, portable loads in support of field operations.
According to a contract tender notice published by the Ministry of Defence:
“The TIQUILA Programme objective is to deliver Mini-Unmanned Air System (“MUAS”) capability to provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (“ISTAR”) roles in Man-Packable and Man-Portable loads in support of field operations.
The contract delivery will be the responsibility of a Systems Integrator (“SI”) working in conjunction with suppliers to meet developing demands and to keep pace with emergent technology and threats.
The solution and equipment provided will be evolving and modular and be upgradeable in Forward Operating Base workshops with limited basic tools to enable the system to fulfil multiple roles and maintain pace with technology and emerging threats.”
The tender goes into the specifics:
“Provision of Man-Packable MUAS (up to 8kg system weight, up to 4kg Max Take-Off Weight) and Man-Portable MUAV (up to 20kg Max Take-Off Weight) that operate from a common Ground Control Station (“GCS”) with an Electro Optical/Infra- Red (“EO/IR”) payload that meets the requirements of the TIQUILA Programme.”