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Origin: United States of America
Parent System: Wasp III
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
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Description: The Wasp III is a low altitude small unmanned air vehicle (UAV), also classified as micro-UAV, designed to provide real-time situational awareness and target information. The system consists of the expendable air vehicle, a ground control unit and communications ground station. The United States Air Force (USAF) had a requirement for combat controllers and tactical air control party Airmen to carry equipment needed for beyond-line-of-sight surveillance and to engage enemy forces. In December 2006, AeroVironment was awarded a contract for the new UAV system with the US Air Force taking delivery of the first units in 2007. The Wasp III systems are being operated by the US Air Force Special Operations Command Battlefield Airmen.
Wasp III is a collapsible lightweight air vehicle with a two-bladed propeller driven by a small electric motor feed by rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The�Wasp III �is equipped with an internal Global Positioning System (GPS) and Inertial Navigation System (INS), autopilot and two on-board high-resolution day/night cameras. The entire system can function autonomously from takeoff to recovery, or be controlled by one operator using a handheld remote control unit. The air vehicle flies at altitudes of 150 to 500-ft and can achieve speeds of 20 to 40 mph. A single system with one air vehicle weighs about 14.4 pounds.
Wasp III Specifications
Propeller Blades: 2
System Crew: 1
Length: 10 inch (254 millimeter)
Wingspan: 28.5 inch (724 millimeter)
Ceiling: 1,000 foot (305 meter)
Operational Altitude: 500 foot (152 meter)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 40 mph (64 kph)
Max Takeoff Weight: 1 pound (0.45 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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