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Navy wants small, long-endurance UAVs

Dec. 5, 2013 - 10:02AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The Navy is seeking information about unmanned aircraft that are small an lightweight but have long endurance times.

In a request for information, the Navy Program Executive Officer for Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation said the UAV should weigh no more than 30 pounds, “have a range of approximately 15 kilometers or more, be capable of operating continuously for 8 hours from takeoff, or longer, and provide real-time full motion video via both electro-optical and infrared sensors.”

The UAV must be able capable of being launched and recovered from a small, confined area, and have a quick turnaround time. The ground control station must also be man-portable and ruggedized.

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