Desert Hawk III
Next-generation Desert Hawk III Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has been
deployed in the global war on terror by United Kingdom military forces.
Combat proven Desert Hawk III continues to evolve to meet the changing
demands of the warfighter.
Desert Hawk III provides the most persistent surveillance in its class by
with its gyro-stabilized 360-degree sensor turret, color and low light
electro-optical plug-and-play payloads, and roll-stabilized infrared
sensor payloads. The Desert Hawk III UAS consists of a rugged air vehicle
and a lightweight, portable ground station, which provides operator
training, autonomous pre-flight planning, in-flight control of
plug-and-play optical and infrared sensors, terrain avoidance measures,
and the ability to provide real time dynamic in-flight mission and flight
profile retasking .
Maiden flight : 2003
Wing Span 52 in (1.32m)
Length 34 in (0.86m)
Weight 7 lb (3.2 kg)
Engine : electric motor driving a pusher quiet propeller
Endurance approx. 1 hour
Desert Hawk III Launch