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Sagetech Avionics Successfully Demonstrates Miniaturized Military Mode Transponder at IMPAX

Sagetech Avionics Successfully Demonstrates Miniaturized Military Mode Transponder at IMPAX


Sagetech’s MX12B, the World’s Smallest Military Mode Transponder, Featured in Demo

WHITE SALMON, WA, October 19, 2020 – Sagetech Avionics, an innovative technology company providing industry-leading safety solutions for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), announced today that its MX12B transponder successfully demonstrated its military mode transponder at an Innovation and Modernization Patuxent River (IMPAX) event on Friday, October 16.

We are proud to be part of the IMPAX ecosystem, which enables the rapid adoption of critical technologies for our warfighters,” said Tom Furey, CEO of Sagetech. “In the demonstration, our transponder performed flawlessly in providing encrypted military mode  responses in conjunction with a miniature military  computer.”

The combined transponder/military mode computer solution demonstrated a complete secure system that weighs less than 0.75 pounds.

This IMPAX demonstration validates the performance of Sagetech’s new AIMS Mk XIIB transponders for UAVs, the MX12B Series. The AIMS Certified MX12B is up to 92% smaller than traditional UAV transponder solutions and provides the most functionality available, including:

  • Secure Mark XIIB military mode transponder
  • DoD AIMS 17-1000 certified
  • Mode S
  • ADS-B In and Out
  • Integrated pressure sensor and altitude encoder calibrated up to 100,000 feet
  • Antenna diversity for maximum visibility
  • Full 56 dBm output power over temp for reliable performance
  • Flexible I/O, including RS-232, RS-422, and ethernet
  • Designed to FAA TSO C112e, C166b, C88b, full certification pending
  • Tiny size of 3.4” x 2.5” x .98”

Certified integration units are available now. For more information, visit

About Sagetech Avionics
Sagetech Avionics improves flight situational awareness and ensures the safe operation of unmanned aerial systems in controlled airspace. Sagetech delivers the world’s most reliable, certifiable miniature transponders for civil and military applications, serving for more than a decade with 1.5 million flight hours in harsh environments. Sagetech transponders are standard or optional equipment on most production small and medium UAVs. Learn more at

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