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Wasp III Small Unmanned Aircraft System
Role Remote controlled UAV
Manufacturer AeroVironment Inc.
Introduction 2007
Primary user United States Air Force
Unit cost $49,000

The Wasp III Small Unmanned Aircraft System is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed for United States Air Force special forces to provide a small, light-weight vehicle to provide beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness. The aircraft is equipped with two on-board cameras to provide real-time intelligence to its operators. It is also equipped with GPS and Inertial Navigation System enabling it to operate autonomously from takeoff to recovery. It was designed by AeroVironment Inc. and was first added to the Air Force inventory in 2007.[1]



 United States


General characteristics

  • Crew: none
  • Length: 10 in (25.4 cm)
  • Wingspan: 28.5 in (72.3 cm)
  • Height: ()
  • Empty weight: 1 lbs (453 g)
  • Loaded weight: 14.4 lbs (6.53 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1× Electric motor, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, ()



High resolution, day/night camera

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Australian speedboat Wasp III is a racing hydroplane speedboat designed and built by Harry West, which held speed records in Australia in the 1950s and 60s. It is built from plywood and powered by a heavily modified Peugeot car engine. It is designed to skim the surface so that only the propeller and the tips of the hydroplanes are immersed when it is moving. The boat currently resides in the Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia.

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