Retired Platforms

Raven RQ-11A

The Raven small unmanned aerial vehicle (SUAV) is a hand launched reconnaissance and surveillance tool. The system transmits live airborne video images, compass headings and location information to a ground control unit (GCU) and remote video terminal (RVT). The Raven aircraft is hand launched without the need of special equipment or landing area required. The system employs a self-stabilizing aircraft configuration with stability augmentation avionics and provides ease of control and steady video imagery. The optics package includes an electrooptical (EO) color camera nose payload (side and forward look on the same payload) and two infrared (IR) thermal nose payloads (a side look payload or a forward look payload). The Raven system is typically operated by a two person team consisting of a Pilot and Mission Controller.

Length: 36 inches
Wingspan: 55 inches
Weight: 4.2 lbs
Raven RQ-11A Ground Control Operating Altitude: > 300 feet AGL (above ground level)
Cruising Speed: 30 mph
Range: 6.2 miles (10 km) for line of sight (LOS)
Flight duration: 60-90 minutes
Power: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Payload: Improved Day Camera - wilder field of view, increased resolution, 3X Zoom, National Television Standard Compliant(NTSC) - IR with Laser Illuminator - 25 ft spot marking capability
GCS/RVT - Combined Weight - 14 lbs
Flight Control: Manual or autonomous

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T-Hawk RQ-16A

The RQ-16A T-Hawk, is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Air Vehicle (AV) capable of manual and autonomous flight that employs a gasoline engine to power a lift-augmented ducted fan and uses the global positioning system (GPS) for guidance. Interchangeable sensors allow the AV to be configured with either a gimbal mounted electro-optical (EO) camera or gimbal mounted infrared (IR) camera. The AV can provide a persistent stare capability while transmitting live airborne video images.

The gMAV system consists of two Air Vehicles, one Operator Control Unit, one Ground Data Terminal, an ancillary and support equipment (i.e. starter, operator repair kit, transportation carriers, fuel and batteries), and modular electro optical (EO) and modular infrared (IR) sensor. The total system weight of the current g-MAV design is approximately 110 plus lbs, while the aircraft vehicle itself weighs approximately 17 lbs.

T-Hawk RQ-16A Ground Control
System Weight: 51 lbs
AV Weight: 17.2 lbs (19.2 lbs with fuel)
Flight Duration: 40 minutes
Height: 23 inches
Diameter: 23.5 inches
Service Ceiling: 8,000 feet (with 150-300 feet typical)
Speed: 45 mph
Range: 6.2 miles (10 km) for line of sight (LOS)
Winds: 15 knots startup, 20 knots in flight

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