Marines getting Wasp AE microdrones from AeroVironment

AeroVironment has received an order to supply a micro air vehicle system to the U.S. Marine Corps.

The hand-launched RQ-12 unmanned aerial system ordered for the Marine Corps. (Photo: AeroVironment)

AeroVironment Inc.’s short-range RQ-12 unmanned aerial system is being added to the U.S. Marine Corps‘ tactical UAS inventory.

The hand-launched RQ-12, known as the Wasp AE, is just 1.25 feet long, weighs 2.8 pounds, operates for up to 50 minutes at a range of up to about 3 miles, delivering live, streaming color and infrared video from a pan-tilt-zoom Mantis i22 AE gimbaled payload.

AeroVironment said it recently received an order for the system from ADS Inc. on behalf of the United States Marine Corps through the Defense Logistics Agency Tailored Logistics Support program.

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