U.K. MOD orders more Desert Hawk III UAVs

  • 25-Aug-2010 05:10 EDT

The 8-lb Desert Hawk III features an open architecture environment and consists of a lightweight, hand-launched, ruggedized air vehicle with snap-on plug and playloads, a portable ground station, and a remote video terminal.

The U.K. Ministry of Defence awarded Lockheed Martin a $5.1 million contract for additional Desert Hawk III UAVs. Desert Hawk III's improved payloads maximize target detection and recognition by providing 360°—daytime and nighttime—coverage in a common turret package. These latest generation payloads also include a Lockheed Martin-developed navigation system that delivers more refined target position information and superior image stability to the troops. Awarded by the MOD's Defence Equipment & Support organization, the latest contract calls for Lockheed Martin to deliver the Desert Hawk III air vehicles—which as a result of ongoing obsolescence management and technology advancements in this area feature enhanced 360° IR and 360°, 10-times zoom electro optics—by fall 2010. Equipped with steerable, plug-and-play imaging payloads, the Desert Hawk has provided the British Army with greater situational awareness capabilities in Afghanistan since 2006.

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