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Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III

Compact Surveillance Drone

Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III

Compact Surveillance Drone

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III is a larger, lighter, and more robust development of the original Desert Hawk UAV of 2003.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2006
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Lockheed Martin Unmanned Integrated Systems - USA
PRODUCTION: 650
OPERATORS: United Kingdom; United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
WIDTH: 4.49 feet (1.37 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 4 pounds (2 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 9 pounds (4 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Electric engine driving a two-blade propeller unit in the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 56 miles-per-hour (90 kilometers-per-hour; 49 knots)
RANGE: 9 miles (15 kilometers; 8 nautical miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Payload reserved for mission equipment to support the surveillance role.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Desert Hawk III - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk III Compact Surveillance Drone.  Entry last updated on 5/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Developed by Skunkworks of Lockheed Martin, the Desert Hawk III was first flown in 2006 and designed along the lines of a reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Desert Hawk III system is a dimensionally larger, lighter upgrade of the original Desert Hawk UAV appearing in the early 2000s. The original system was used to good effect during the early stages of the War on Terror concerning Afghanistan primarily by the British Army for the tactical surveillance role. The model was superseded by the newer Desert Hawk III series which brought along several improvements to the line - including a flight time endurance increase.

The 8lb Desert Hawk III vehicle is powered by a single, low-signature electric motor driving a two-blade propeller unit fitted to the front of the fuselage. As a low-cost alternative to more feature-heavy, dimensionally larger UAVs, the Desert Hawk III is rather simply hand-launched by the operating crew to which control of the airborne is then managed through a briefcase-style Ground Control Station (GCS). Since the Desert Hawk III lacks a traditional wheeled undercarriage it is recovered by way of a belly landing and also features an inherent "break apart" design which allows for hard landings while preserving the critical components of the UAV. The UAV can reach speeds of up to 55 mph.

Outwardly, Desert Hawk III has been given a conventional aircraft layout with shoulder-mounted wing mainplanes, a single vertical tail fin, and a fuselage housing all applicable operating and mission-based components. The fuselage takes on a tear-drop shape from nose to tail and its wing mainplanes are straight appendages. A 360-degree traversing optics fit is located at the vehicle's center mass at the belly. The UAV's compact dimensions and lightweight, rugged construction allow for ease of transport - by way of a hard case or backpack.

The 15lb GCS allows for remote-piloting of the Desert Hawk III with full tracking support and control of up to four Desert Hawk III UAV vehicles through the single GCS. A hand-held controller is provided and operators are specially trained in the handling, operation, launching, and recovery of this UAV system. Waypoints can be preprogrammed into the unit and fed to the UAV which allows for automated flights over target areas - launching and landing actions are solely controlled by the operator. The GCS showcases in-flight retasking, a moving map display, mission playback feature, and other capabilities.

The Desert Hawk III series supports Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and can undertake SIGnals INTelligence (SIGINT) and COMmunications INTelligence (COMINT) sorties as well through a "Plug-and Playloads" design feature. It can be outfitted with InfraRed (IR) sensors, Electro-Optical (EO) sensors, Long Wave InfraRed Imager (LWIR) equipment, and a laser illuminator to provide the necessary surveillance capabilities required by modern warfighters in-the-field. Versatility is a plus as operations can be held in both day and night time environments.

At one point, the Lockheed Desert Hawk III made up nearly half of the UK UAV inventory. It has also seen service with American forces.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (56mph).

    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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650

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
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 representing modern aircraft
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
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.