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Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk)

United States (2008)
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The Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk UAV provides a portable VTOL UAV system to forward-deployed troops.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk) VTOL Micro Air Vehicle.  Entry last updated on 11/18/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) currently in limited service with the United States Army and Navy. It has also been procured by the United Kingdom and is under consideration with the military of India. The system allows for backpack-sized portability and operation by a single person with a vertical launch capability allowing it to be used out of confined, open-air spaces. The RQ-16 is utilized by ordnance disposal technicians to receive an overview of a given potentially lethal situation. To date, the MAV has proven robust in the field and has served operators well. One RQ-16 system was used to provide a close-up view of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor that had fallen victim to the massive earthquake and tsunami. One T-Hawk MAV was lost on the roof of Reactor Number 2.

Honeywell International is the RQ-16's contracting authority and manufacturer. RQ-16s were initially trialed in the Iraqi Theater (successfully) and have since gone on to see extended use in the Afghanistan Theater.

The RQ-16 sports a 3W-56 56cc Boxer Twin piston engine developing 4 horsepower and can reach speeds of 80 miles per hour with a service ceiling of 10,500 feet. Overall weight is 20lbs and the system is broken down into two major components for transport. Two carrying bags are provided.

On September 19th, 2012, it was announced that the United States Navy has awarded Honeywell International a $8,286,161 contract for support of the RQ-16B T-Hawk system (Block II Micro Air Vehicle) for use in ongoing operations concerning Operation Enduring Freedom.

The "T-Hawk" receives its name from the "Tarantula Hawk", a predatory wasp common to the American southwest.

Any available statistics for the Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk) VTOL Micro Air Vehicle are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (81mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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372


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 2008
Type: VTOL Micro Air Vehicle
Manufacturer(s): Honeywell International - USA
Production: 372
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
India (possible); United Kingdom; United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Honeywell RQ-16A T-Hawk (Tarantula Hawk) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
18 lb


Kilograms
8 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x 3W-56 Boxer Twin piston engine developing 4 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
81 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
130 kph


Knots
70 kts


Performance
CEILING


Feet
10,499 ft


Meters
3,200 m


Miles
1.99 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• G-MAV (Micro Air Vehicle) - Initial Product Designation.
• RQ-16A T-Hawk - Base Series Designation; US Navy usage; 372 examples on order (2008).
• RQ-16B T-Hawk - Improved production model
• XM156 (Class I) - US Army Designation