Defense

February 15, 2013

RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System completes first ship-based flight

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Navy photograph

The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable on the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico. The Navy’s RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System completed its first flight at sea Feb. 10 from the USS Mesa Verde. The system completed three months of land-based trial flights at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif., before launching from a LPD-class ship.




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