Army requests information on lightweight reconnaissance drones

By Evan Ochsner / January 14, 2022 at 9:58 AM

The Army has issued a request for information for an unmanned, long-range reconnaissance aircraft.

The Program Executive Office Aviation and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Product Office are seeking industry input on a “Long Range Reconnaissance Small Unmanned Aircraft System for use by the United States Army to execute Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition missions during day and night operations in all environmental conditions,” according to the Jan. 7 RFI.

The sUAS system should provide full motion video via electro-optical and/or Infrared sensors and be able to mark targets with a laser device, the listing states. It should be rugged, lightweight and “ready to use as delivered with minimal logistic, training and support requirements.” It should also be capable of autonomous or single-person launch.

In the listing, the Army requested a general description of the system and a rundown of specific general attributes by Jan. 21.