The gasoline powered vehicle is small enough to fit in a soldier’s backpack and weighs less than 50 pounds when fully fueled. It fact, it’s so small that it’s called a Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) instead of the more well known UAV designation. The MAV can be in the air in less than five minutes from its removal from a backpack and requires minimal training, enabling the planned “viral” training program.
Designed by Honeywell with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the new vehicle represents a partial rollout of the full complement of robotic vehicles planned under the Future Combat Systems (FCS) modernization program. Its deployment will add surveillance capabilities to smaller units and the ability to “hover and stare,” or remain hovering in a specific location capable of spying on a spot of interest.