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Desert Hawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): July 2002
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$224,000
Also Known As: Desert Hawk III
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: Desert Hawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk is a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed to provide real-time overhead video and thermal imagery for force protection and reconnaissance, and perimeter assessment. The Desert Hawk system consists of six air vehicles (AVs), a ground control station, remote video terminal, day-night camera capability, transportation cases, launch equipment and ground spares and equipment. These air vehicles get airborne using a bungee-cord catapult operated by a two-person crew. The Desert Hawk unmanned air vehicle (UAV) can be autonomously flown using a laptop computer with dynamic re-tasking and on-demand manual steering override. It is powered by a two-bladed propeller driven by an electric motor with rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

The Desert Hawk UAS was introduced in July 2002 to provide a ring of protection around air bases at forward locations for United States Air Force (USAF) security forces being part of the integrated base defense system. The US Army also deployed the Desert Hawk as force protection airborne surveillance system for convoy protection and base defense. The Desert Hawk UAS has been deployed in support of the United States Central Command's area of operations, primarily Iraq and Afghanistan. The United Kingdom ordered the Desert Hawk III UAS to support the British Army's forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Desert Hawk Specifications

Propeller Blades: 2
System Crew: 2
Dimensions
Length: 2.81 foot (33.7 inch)
Wingspan: 4.30 foot (52 inch)
Performance
Ceiling: 1,000 foot (305 meter)
Operational Altitude: 200 foot (61 meter)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 55 mph (89 kph)
Weight
Max Takeoff Weight: 7 pound (3.18 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Desert Hawk News

There are 7 news between
28 Nov 2007 and 17 Sep 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015Lockheed Martin Awarded Desert Hawk 3 Contract from UK Ministry of Defence
Wednesday, April 23, 2014Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Enhanced Ground Control System and Software for Small Unmanned Aircraft
Tuesday, August 24, 2010United Kingdom Places Order for Desert Hawk III Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Thursday, October 8, 2009First 360-degree Infrared Sensor Flies on Small Unmanned Aircraft System
Tuesday, May 5, 2009Signals Intelligence Capability and Improved Wing Design Successfully Tested on Desert Hawk III
Wednesday, September 3, 2008Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Intelligent Autonomous Control of Multiple Unmanned Systems
Wednesday, November 28, 2007British Army Orders Additional Desert Hawk III Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Operators & Related Equipment


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United Kingdom?
Desert Hawk III UAS ordered in November 2007

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