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
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
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
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