AeroVironment FQM-151 Pointer
AeroVironment - FQM-151 Pointer - 1986 - США
Страна: США
Год: 1986

An AeroVironment FQM-151 Pointer UAV is made ready for launch from the ballistic missile submarine USS Alabama. The UAV, used by US Special Operations Command, was being used in a test of the feasibility of UAV operations from submarines, including those carrying cruise missiles and special forces.
During its flying display, the Aerovironment Puma gave a convincing demonstration of how this 8ft 6in wingspan, 12lb UAV could be used to find and track an 'intruder' on the airfield. Datalinked imagery from its conventional and infra-red sensors searching for a 'staged intruder' was projected onto a large cinema-type screen. The Puma's docile flying characteristics were also demonstrated by Andrew Davies, the Minister for enterprise, innovation and networks in the Welsh Assembly Government, who was invited to control the UAV manually. Despite having no previous experience of flying a UAV, he had no difficulty in controlling the inherently stable vehicle. Aerovironment's larger UAV, the Raven, also flew at the open day and has an impressive service record with the US Army and special forces. By March this year it had amassed 15,314 sorties, accruing 18,673 flying hours.