AeroVironment has revealed a new unmanned air vehicle (UAV) called the Shrike.
The small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quadrotor was developed through a four-year Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant for a portable, stealthy "perch-and-stare" VTOL system.
"Not only does Shrike VTOL hover for more than 40 minutes with a high resolution video camera, but its innovative design also allows for the transmission of several hours of live video as a remotely emplaced perch and stare sensor," said Tom Herring, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironment's unmanned air system business segment in a statement.
The Shrike vehicle weighs roughly 2.3kg (5lb) and can be carried using a backpack, the company said.
AeroVironment was not immediately available to answer questions about further capabilities, testing or payloads.
The company has worked on several small UAV projects for DARPA, including the Nano Hummingbird, a small hummingbird lookalike, and the Switchblade, a UAV fired from a 40mm grenade launcher. AeroVironment is also working on the Global Observer, a hydrogen-powered high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft for the US Special Operations Command.