(Reuters) The United States will provide Pakistan with 85 small “Raven” drone aircraft, a U.S. military official told Reuters on Thursday, a key step to meeting Islamabad’s calls for access to U.S. drone technology.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to disclose the cost or model of the non-lethal, short-range aircraft, which are manufactured by the U.S.-based AeroVironment Inc
(Reporting by Phil Stewart)
The RQ-11B Raven UAV is launched by hand, thrown into the air like a free flight model airplane. The Raven lands itself by auto-piloting to a pre-defined landing point and then performing a near-vertical (1 foot down for every 1 foot forward) “Autoland” descent. The UAV can provide day or night aerial intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance.