SilentEyes Micro-UAV Tested at Edwards

Released on Tuesday, August 3, 2004
United States of America
MQ-9A Reaper
UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Raytheon announced that the SilentEyes micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (micro-UAV) was demonstrated by ejecting it from an MQ-9 Predator pylon-mounted canister during tests at Edwards Air Force Base, California, conducted in May and June this year.

The SilentEyes low cost micro-UAV (less than $15,000 per unit) can be employed to remove a soldier from harm's way, while delivering the same effectiveness. It can operate in close proximity to a potential target collecting clear images to allow an operator to make combat identification and target confirmation.

A canister magazine similar to that employed with the AN/ALE-50 towed decoy launcher is filled with the micro-UAV. Its launch sequence was managed by the MQ-9 Predator operator at the Ground Control Station. Upon release, the SilentEyes deployed its wings, flew autonomously, transmitted target images via the MQ-9 data link to the Ground Control Station for video displaying and processing. It alternated waypoints and target locations commanded through the MQ-9 UAV.

The Raytheon's SilentEyes micro-UAV is a transformational system that can provide revolutionary advantages to the war fighter. It has been designed to be affordable and can be tailored to perform a wide range of missions.

This new micro-UAV can complement sensors on manned and unmanned airborne platforms performing identification confirmation for moving and stationary targets in areas where they can't access. In addition, SilentEyes can reduce the time to find, fix, track, target, engage and assess targets and to execute attacks.


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