A member of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) launches an RQ-20A Puma unmanned aircraft Aug. 12 during an exercise near Camp Lejeune. US Navy picture.
Three UAS were tested:
- The AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma which primary mission is surveillance and intelligence gathering using an electro-optical and infrared video camera. It maximum takeoff weight is 13 lb (5.9 kg).
- The AeroVironment RQ-12A Wasp IV which provides a means for Marine Corps units to see the battle space beyond the restrictions of line-of-sight, fulfilling the need for real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) and battle damage assessment (BDA). It weights 2.75 lbs (1.2 kg).
- The Physical Sciences InstantEye which is a low-cost aerial system that can be hand launched/recovered by a single person in any weather. The vehicle weighs less than one pound.
These battery-powered, hand-launched systems provide real-time, day and night reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition.
The UAS were tested from USCG 25-Foot Defender Class Boat and 32 foot Transportable Port Security Boat.
Marine and Coast Guard personnel launch an RQ-12A Wasp IV unmanned aircraft Aug. 12 during a joint exercise near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. (U.S. Navy photo)
A Marine launches an InstantEye vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Aug. 12 during an exercise with the Coast Guard off the coast of North Carolina. (U.S. Navy photo)
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