A new, high-performance mast known as VelociRaptor was introduced by The Will-Burt Company at the 2012 Eurosatory International Exhibition in Paris.
The VelociRaptor mast makes its case as the new preeminent mast in the world, employing ground-breaking mast technology that delivers a unique combination of strength, stiffness, extension/retraction speed, payload lifting capacity, and mast size and weight.
VelociRaptor’s exceptional strength and stiffness enable On-The-Move elevated persistent surveillance and targeting from a moving vehicle. The mast may be utilized fully-extended to 6 meter (20 foott) with a 100 kg (220 pound) payload on a vehicle traveling at the following speeds and road conditions:
- Up to 88 kmh (55 mph) on improved roads
- Up to 56 kmh (35 mph) on un-improved roads
- Up to 24 kmh (15 mph) on cross-country terrain
Moreover, VelociRaptor’s remarkable stiffness delivers high pointing accuracy for superior surveillance and targeting at long-distance – with less than 16 cm (6 inch) tip deflection at full extension under a 450 m-kg (3,300 foot-pound) side force.
VelociRaptor also delivers exceptional speed, extending and retracting in less than 15 seconds, enabling rapid mission execution and rapid egress from hostile situations. Also, in addition to On-The-Move surveillance, the VelociRaptor’s ruggedness delivers the capability for accurate elevated line-of-sight fire by remote weapons on-the-halt.