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The Air Force's Battlefield Air Targeting Micro Air Vehicle, or BATMAV, Small Unmanned Aircraft System provides real-time direct situational awareness and target information for Air Force Special Operations Command Battlefield Airmen. The BATMAV falls into the class of Air Force small unmanned aircraft systems known as micro UAS.

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The BATMAV UAS features the expendable BATMAV air vehicle, a ground control unit and communications ground station. BATMAV is a collapsible lightweight air vehicle with a two-bladed propeller driven by a small electric motor. The BATMAV is equipped with an internal Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation System, autopilot and two on-board cameras. The entire system can function autonomously from takeoff to recovery, or be controlled by one operator using a handheld remote control unit. The entire system can fit into a backpack.


The BATMAV originated from a combat need for combat controller Airmen to carry equipment needed for beyond-line-of-sight surveillance and to engage enemy forces. Aerovironment Inc. was awarded the contract in December 2006 after competing against a number of candidate systems. The Air Force took delivery of its initial BATMAV in 2007.

General Characteristics

Primary function: Situational awareness and direct target information
Contractor: Aerovironment, Inc.
Power plant: Electric motor, rechargeable lithium ion batteries
Wingspan: 16.5 inches (41.9 cm)
Length: 11.5 inches (29.2 cm)
Weight (air vehicle): 1 pound (453 grams)
Weight: (total system) 14.4 pounds (6.53 kilograms)
Maximum speed: 40+ mph (35+ knots)
Operating altitude: Surface to 500+ feet above ground level (0-152+ meters)
System Cost: approximately $49,000 (2006 dollars)
Payload: High resolution, day/night camera
Inventory: Classified

Source: USAF

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