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
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.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (81mph).
Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.