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The Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) provides the dismounted soldier with Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA). Estimated to weigh less than 20 pounds, the air vehicle operates in complex urban and wooded terrains with a vertical take-off and landing capability. It is interoperable with selected ground and air platforms and controlled by dismounted soldiers.
The Class I uses autonomous flight and navigation, but it will interact with the network and Soldier to dynamically update routes and target information. It provides dedicated reconnaissance support and early warning to the smallest echelons of the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) in environments not suited to larger assets. It will also perform limited communications relay in restricted terrain, a tremendous deficit in current operations.The system (which includes two air vehicles, a control device, and ground support equipment) is back-packable.