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Starks Releases New Small UAV

stark uavCOLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — Stark Aerospace introduces the ArrowLiteTM hand launched, single operator tactical UAS.

The ArrowLiteTM was designed, developed and manufactured by Stark Aerospace with support from the Program Manager for Tactical Operations Support (PM TOS), Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). CTTSO awarded Stark a contract to develop the ArrowLiteTM system for use by special operations and counter terrorism small tactical units of dominance. Thirteen (13) systems, consisting of thirty-nine (39) air vehicles, associated ground support equipment, and spares have been delivered to date.

The ArrowLiteTM provides the tactical operator with a rapidly deployable light weight (under 6.5 lbs.) aerial ISR capability: that can be quickly assembled and hand-launched in 60 to 90 seconds after removal from a water proof transport carry case; features a day/night thermal 2-axis mechanically gimbaled stabilized payload with laser illuminator and a NSA Suite B-encrypted mobile mesh network data-link; can achieve flight distances from 5-15 KMs on the data link; can reach dash speeds up to 55 knots; is capable of sustaining flight for up to 2.75 hours (launch to land); and uses the light weight, NVG compatible, Ruggedized Operator Control Unit (ROCU) as the Ground Control Station. The ArrowLiteTM system can survive rugged environmental conditions and can support a variety of missions to include insertion by Military Free Fall (MFF).

General Robert “Doc” Foglesong (USAF, Ret.), chairman of the board and CEO of Stark Aerospace, said: “Stark Aerospace is proud to introduce its first 100% U.S. designed, developed and manufactured UAV into the market. ArrowLiteTM provides forces working in remote and difficult terrain with an organic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system that is packable and operable by one operator at the small unit level. “