DESCRIPTION: AeroVironment Wasp III

The Wasp III Small Unmanned Aircraft System is a Miniature UAV developed for United States Air Force special operations to provide a small, light-weight vehicle to provide beyond-line-of-sight situation awareness. The aircraft is equipped with two on-board cameras to provide real-time intelligence to its operators. It is also equipped with GPS and an Inertial Navigation System enabling it to operate autonomously from takeoff to recovery. It was designed by AeroVironment Inc. and was first added to the Air Force inventory in 2007. There are two Wasp variants: the traditional version that lands on land (“Terra Wasp”) and a version that lands into the sea or fresh water (“Aqua Wasp”). The Air Force accepted the Wasp AE in late May 2012, and the U.S. Marine Corps revealed in January 2013 that they had ordered the Wasp AE. The Wasp AE is designated as the RQ-12A.


General characteristics

  • Crew: none
  • Length: 1.25 ft (38 cm)
  • Wingspan: 2.375 ft (72.3 cm)
  • Height: ()
  • Empty weight: 0.95 lb (430 g (Land version))
  • Powerplant: 1 × Electric motor, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, ()


  • Maximum speed: 40mph 65 km/h
  • Cruise speed: 40–65 km/h
  • Range: 5 km ()

High resolution, day/night cameras with digital image stabilization and digital pan/tilt/zoom


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