Air Platforms

US Army issues specifications for small VTOL UAV

11 September 2018

The US Army has released required performance specifications for a small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it wishes to procure under the Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) programme.

The specifications, released to industry on 10 September, are based on evolving requirements for a manportable short-range VTOL platform that the US Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), which is overseeing the programme, describes as being “cheap, easy to access, [and] highly capable”.

Required performance specifications state that the intended DIUx/SRR platform has a 30-minute flight endurance; a 3 km operational range; an 8,000 ft service ceiling; the ability to operate in 15 kt winds or greater; manual and semi-autonomous/waypoint flight modes; link-loss procedures; and the ability to conduct a programmable mission.

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