The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is seeking industry input to identify potential solutions for a Small VTOL Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS), capable of providing Reconnaissance and Surveillance during day and night operations in all weather and atmospheric conditions.
The system should be rugged, lightweight, and ready to operate through user friendly flight controls and interfaces. The system should provide real-time full motion video (FMV) via electro-optical and infrared sensors at high definition resolutions. The air vehicle should be capable of autonomous, or manual launch with minimal support equipment from a small confined area. The sUAS should be capable of manual and/or autonomous recovery within the same area as launch. The recovery method should be adequate to prevent system damage and allow for short turn-around times between missions.
The associated Request for Information (RFI) is here.
Industry responses are due to USSOCOM by 10 April.