Class I UAV  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2014
Total Production: ?
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Honeywell
Parent System: Class I UAV
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2014
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) airborne surveillance platform concept was born within the broad US Army's Future Combat Systems initiative. It is one of four airborne unmanned systems envisaged to provide support for the FCS-equipped fighting force. Class I UAV is meant to provide reconnaissance, security and target acquisition operations in open, rolling, complex and urban terrain. This new platform is targeted at the platoon, company, battalion and brigade levels.

Each FCS Class I UAV system will consist of two aerial vehicles, a dismounted control device and associated ground support equipment. Class I UAV will be provided to selected platforms and dismounted soldiers. Class I micro air vehicle based on a ducted fan design will feature a heavy fuel engine compliant with specific needs of the US Army. The ducted fan will provide hover capability which is critical for vertical take-off, landing and recovery operations. Class I UAV will be fitted with autonomous flight and navigation capabilities.

As of 2005 the entire program is going ahead in cooperation between DARPA and Honeywell with the system development and demonstration contract anticipated in March 2006. The first Class I UAV system is expected to be deployed with the first FCS Unit of Action by 2014. On May 24, 2006, Boeing and SAIC the lead systems integrator for the US Army's FCS awarded Hoenywell as $61 million contract funding the development of the FCS Class I UAV. This Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) is designed to serve at platoon level and was scheduled to undergo flight testing beginning in December 2008. IOC was anticipated by 2014. The program was cancelled in 2011.

Class I UAV Specifications

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CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Class I UAV News

There are 10 news between
29 Nov 2004 and 6 Dec 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010First Brigade Combat Team Modernization Capabilities Handed Over to US Army
Monday, July 12, 2010Boeing Completes Initial Tests for Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1
Thursday, May 13, 2010US Army Cancels Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System
Thursday, February 25, 2010US Army Awards Production Contract for Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1
Tuesday, December 29, 2009Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1 to Enter Production
Thursday, January 17, 2008US Army to Carry Out Accelerated Testing of FCS Early Prototype Systems
Monday, May 7, 2007Lockheed Martin to Develop Future Combat Systems Centralized Controller Device
Wednesday, May 24, 2006Honeywell Awarded FCS Class I UAV Contract
Tuesday, October 18, 2005US Army's CLass I UAV Passes Key Milestone
Monday, November 29, 2004Organic Air Vehicle II (OAV-II) Phase I Contracts Awarded

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