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AeroVironment Wasp III

Wasp III Small Unmanned Aircraft System
Role Remote controlled UAV
Manufacturer AeroVironment Inc.
Introduction 2007
Primary user United States Air Force
Unit cost
$49,000

The Wasp III Small Unmanned Aircraft System is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed for United States Air Force special operations to provide a small, light-weight vehicle to provide beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness. The aircraft is equipped with two on-board cameras to provide real-time intelligence to its operators. It is also equipped with GPS and an Inertial Navigation System enabling it to operate autonomously from takeoff to recovery. It was designed by AeroVironment Inc. and was first added to the Air Force inventory in 2007.[1] There are two Wasp variants: the traditional version that lands on land ("Terra Wasp") and a version that lands into the sea or fresh water ("Aqua Wasp"). The Air Force accepted the Wasp AE in late May 2012,[2] and the U.S. Marine Corps ordered the Wasp AE in January 2013.[3] The Wasp AE is designated as the RQ-12.[4]

Operators

 Australia
 France
 Sweden
 United States

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: none
  • Length: 1.25 ft (38 cm)
  • Wingspan: 2.375 ft (72.3 cm)
  • Height: ()
  • Empty weight: 0.95 lb (430 g (Land version))
  • Loaded weight: 14.4 lbs (6.53 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Electric motor, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, ()

Performance

Avionics
High resolution, day/night cameras with digital image stabilization and digital pan/tilt/zoom

See also

Related lists

References

  1. ^ US Air Force Wasp III Fact Sheet
  2. ^ Air Force accepts Wasp AE - sUASNews.com
  3. ^ AeroVironment Awarded $12 million Wasp AE Contract - sUASNews.com, January 23, 2013
  4. ^ AeroVironment will provide US Marine Corps with new RQ-12 Wasp AE UAS - Armyrecognition.com, 24 September 2014
  • Parts of this article are taken from the Wasp III Fact Sheet
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