MARINE CORPS C4ISR AND UNMANNED SYSTEMS
MAJOR UNMANNED SYSTEMS
a preprogrammed route, and each system contains three air
vehicles, one GCS and one remote video terminal.
The RQ-11B Raven replaced the RQ- 14 Dragon Eye, offering
longer endurance ( 90 minutes), a larger operating radius ( 5 to
10 kilometers) and an improved infrared sensor.
Systems have been upgraded to include a Digital Data Link
(DDL) and integration of an advanced gimbaled EO/IR payload
is slated to complete in late 2015. Raven has seen extensive use
in Iraq and Afghanistan by the Marine Corps since 2007.
CONTRACTOR: ...........AeroVironment Inc.
RQ-12A WASP IV
BRIEFING: Part of the SURSS program of record, RQ-12A Wasp
IV is a battery-powered, hand-launched small unmanned aircraft system that provides near-real-time ISR to Marine Corps
units. The air vehicle weighs less than 3 pounds. The RQ-12A
uses a DDL and dual EO/IR gimbaled cameras to transmit still
images and full-motion video to the GCS and remote video terminal. This capability enables operators to navigate, search for
targets, recognize terrain and record all information for analysis.
The RQ-12A is an all-environment system suited for amphibious operations.
The RQ-12A flies either under manual operator control or via
a preprogrammed route, and each system contains two air vehicles, one GCS and one remote video terminal. The Wasp IV has
been in use by Marine Corps special operations units since 2012.
CONTRACTOR: ...........AeroVironment Inc.
BRIEFING: The RQ-16B T-Hawk is a self-contained, man-portable, line-of-sight ISR small unmanned aircraft system.
Using vertical takeoff and landing, the aircraft is flown either
under manual operator control or via a preprogrammed route
that employs a gasoline engine to power a ducted fan and uses
the Global Positioning System for guidance. The system,
equipped with EO/IR cameras, weighs less than 20 pounds and
transmits still images and full-motion video to a GCS. Each sys-
tem consists of two air vehicles and a GCS. T-Hawks are
deployed to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and
IED-emplacement teams in Afghanistan. The procurement and
delivery of the 130 systems was completed in 2010. The T-Hawk
system was being demilitarized in 2014.
CON TRACTOR: ...........Honeywell Inc.
RQ-20A PUMA AE
BRIEFING: Part of the SURSS program of record, the RQ-20A
Puma All Environment is a 13.5-pound, battery-powered, hand-launched small unmanned aircraft system providing near real-time, land-based and maritime ISR operations. It can scan an area
360 degrees using a lightweight, EO/IR gimbal camera. It allows
small units the ability to detect IEDs and IED-emplacement
teams. Each system consists of three air vehicles, one GCS and
one remote video terminal. Marine Corps units began using RQ-
20A Puma systems in 2012.
CON TRACTOR: ...........AeroVironment Inc.
BRIEFING: The ScanEagle is a small, rail-launched, fixed-wing
unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has served as an interim
UAS for Marines since 2004 and the Navy since 2005. It has been
used in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Arabian Sea and in other areas. It
is equipped with an electro-optical or infrared sensor. Most
ScanEagles are owned and operated for deployed units by contractor personnel from Boeing and Insitu, which is a Boeing subsidiary, although some ScanEagles have been procured for the
Navy’s special operations forces for operation from the MK V
special warfare boat.
CON TRACTOR: ...........Insitu Inc.
BRIEFING: The Aersonde is a small, rail-launched, fixed-wing
UAS that is serving as an interim solution for the Navy as part of
an ISR services contract. It currently is being used in Afghanistan
to support combat operations being conducted by the Marine
Corps and Air Force. Aerosonde UASs are owned and operated
for deployed units by contractor personnel from Textron Systems
Unmanned Systems. It is equipped with a combined electro-optical, infrared sensor coupled with a laser pointer/
CONTRACTOR: ........... Textron Systems Unmanned Systems (formerly
BRIEFING: The RQ-21A Blackjack, a larger twin-tailed follow-on to the ScanEagle, was selected in 2010 for procurement by
the Navy and Marine Corps to fill the requirement for a small
tactical UAS. An RQ-21A system consists of five air vehicles,
two GCSs and multimission payloads that will provide ISR and