The TACMAV has two internal color cameras; one facing forward and the other facing to the side. The cameras can take video or snap shots of anything of interest and feed it to the operatorís computer.
Also, the TACMAV is powered by rechargeable lithium polymer batteries with a life span of 25 minutes.
The TACMAV is propeller-driven, powered by an electric motor and is hand-launched, like a paper airplane, said Army Staff Sgt. Mark Yunker, TACMAV project trainer, Fort Belvoir, Va.
The cruising speed of the TACMAV is 30 knots, with a minimum speed of 15 knots and a maximum speed 40 knots.
The technology is to be used by squad- or platoon-level units on foot patrols.
The TACMAV will give soldiers the upper hand so they can go into situations knowing whatís in front of them, said Maj. Felix Rivera, TACMAV project team leader, Rapid Equipping Force, Fort Belvoir, Va.
"There are a couple of different ways to control the plane," Yunker said. "You can use a joystick to control it yourself, or you can plot points on the computer and it will fly by itself."