Definition/Scope: The Desert Hawk is a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used for base perimeter protection. It is made mostly of plastic foam, suggesting something like a Nerf toy, and uses an electric motor driving a pusher propeller as a powerplant, making it very quiet. It is launched with a bungee cord, carries three small CCD cameras, has an endurance of about an hour. It flies mostly under autonomous control, with the "pilot" keeping track of what’s going on with a laptop computer. The Desert Hawk itself has a wingspan of fifty-two inches and measures thirty-four inches from nose to tail. Payload and the flight duration requirements set the size. Desert Hawk has since been replaced with the more capable, rugged Desert Hawk III.
Used For:Protection WFF
Broader Terms:Army aircraft
Narrower Terms:base defense
Related Terms:Battle Damage Assessment