The U.S. Army intends to develop and field a Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) platform. The SRR is a small, rucksack portable, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform that provides the platoon with an organic, rapidly deployed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to provide situational awareness beyond the next terrain feature. The Service just released a high level system performance requirements document for SRR to constrain technical solutions and allow for planning and trade-off analysis ahead of the SRR Area of Interest (AOI), which is targeted for released in Q2 of FY19.
The performance metrics for this tiny VTOL include 30-minute endurance, 3 km operational range, 8,000 ft. service ceiling, operate in 15 knot winds or greater, Manual and semi-autonomous/waypoint flight modes, Programmable mission and loss link procedures. Cost bogies of $2K for the air vehicle and $2K for the optical payload have also been established.