|Soldier launching Desert Hawk 3 UAS. Photo: Lockheed Martin|
[Avionics Today 09-18-2015] The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to support the Desert Hawk 3 program and establish the small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) as a core defense capability.
The battery-powered Desert Hawk 3 is designed for portability, ruggedness, rapid employment and reliability. The hand-launched system weighs 8 pounds and can fly for up to 90 minutes with a 2-pound payload. Recently, the U.K. Desert Hawk 3 was upgraded to a digital data link achieving Ministry of Defense Full Operational Capability (FOC).