The AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven is a small lightweight
Unmanned Aircraft System for providing Intelligence, Surveillance, and
Reconnaissance to support troops.
The Raven -11B provides real-time direct situational
awareness and target information for U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marine
It provides aerial observation up to a range of 10
kilometers and delivers real time color or infrared imagery.
The Raven system consists of three air vehicles, two Ground
Control Stations (GCS), one Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition
(RSTA) kit and one Field Repair Kit (FRK). The RSTA kit is used for mission
planning, autonomous flight operations and mission product archiving. The FRK
contains consumable items for operations and maintenance.
The Raven's GCS displays real-time video and imagery. GCS carries out the processing, retrieving and
storing. It facilitates retransmission of videos and can function as a remote
video terminal to allow command centers to view and analyze the data.