Posted: May 13, 2014 3:37 PM
New Vector Hawk SUAS Features Rapidly Reconfigurable Kits for Multiple Missions
ORLANDO, Fla. — Designed for versatility and affordability, the new Lockheed Martin Vector Hawk small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system, the company announced May 13.
With a gross takeoff weight of only 4 pounds and a vertical profile of only 4 inches, Vector Hawk boasts best-in-class payload capacity, speed and endurance.
“We are proud to deliver Vector Hawk, a waterproof system that provides leading edge multimission capabilities in all environments,” said Kevin Westfall, director of Unmanned Solutions at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business. “The Vector Hawk can be field reconfigured to multiple missions including fixed-wing, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and tiltrotor enabling VTOL with transition to fixed-wing flight. Our fixed-wing variants may be hand or tube launched, and VTOL and tiltrotor variants may be launched from land or water surfaces.”
Vector Hawk features fully autonomous flight, landing and fail-safes. It is inaudible at operational slant ranges. The data link features a high bandwidth software defined radio, mesh networking (including 3G, 4G, and LTE cellular), over-the-air reconfiguration, and is capable of employing a variety of waveforms. With an open architecture, reconfigurable variants, adaptable data link, and scalable payload, Vector Hawk is engineered for unmatched capability.