The acceptance of theAE followed over one year of compliance testing and validation by the BAT program. According to AV, The successful completion of these assessments and the resulting acceptance supports Wasp AE procurement by other U.S. Department of Defense customers.
The drone is equipped with AV’s digital data link, supporting interoperability with other smalls such as the Digital Puma, Raven, and Shrike VTOL. It is also supported by a portable ground control station common to all AV‘s SUAS, capable of encrypted communication, beyond line-of-sight operation and voice, video, text and data relay.
Wasp AE incorporates latest and the smallest version of the Mantis – the Mantis i22 weighing 275 gram. Being AV’s smallest stabilized EO payload, it gives operators both color and infrared video imagery from a single sensor package.