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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle Marks 10,000 Hours

Honeywell said its vertical lift T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle has recorded its 10,000th flight since introduction, participating in Explosive Ordinance Disposal exercise with the U.S. military in Iraq.

T-Hawk was introduced and fielded in Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2007. Honeywell delivered the first production T-Hawks to the U.S. Navy in August 2009.

The 17-pound, backpackable air vehicle is powered by a ducted fan and carries electro-optical or infrared sensors for real-time surveillance. It can fly to 10,000 feet at 46 miles per hour, in winds up to 20 knots, according to Honeywell.

“The T-Hawk is combat-proven in Iraq,” said Prabha Gopinath, Honeywell Aerospace strategic director for the program. “Honeywell's T-Hawk has been used successfully to search for improvised explosive devices, to protect convoys and to hover over an objective area for continuous monitoring in advance of war fighter units.”

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