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US Navy Buys Micro UAV’s

by: Matthew Potter
November 5, 2008

Category: Contract Awards, development program, Honeywell, Military Aviation, New Mexico, U.S. Navy | RSS 2.0

Honeywell was awarded a contract by the US Navy to provide micro, ducted fan Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.  New Mexico Business Weekly reports that the $65 M contract will supply 95 of the systems.  The T-Hawk has already been used in combat situations in Iraq and is a saucer shaped vehicle with the ability to carry video cameras for pin point reconnaissance.  The primary use of UAV like these by the US Military is to provide as close as possible real time intellgence in support of tactical operations.   The US is the only nation to operate a full gamut of UAV from large broad area surveillance systems like Global Hawk to local comabt systems such as the Predator and Reaper to these small systems for support of ground operations.  The future of UAV and other remotely piloted systems is wide open with them taking on a larger role in ground combat and reconnaissance.

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