Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles|
Appendix 4: Undesignated Vehicles
|Copyright © 2005 Andreas Parsch|
The Buster is a portable mini-UAV built by Mission Technologies Inc. (also known as MiTex). The UAV, which features a unique twin-wing arrangement (a trademark of MiTex designs), is launched with a small catapult and recovered by parachute. It has a payload capacity of 1.4 kg (3 lb) for EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infrared) type surveillance equipment.
|Photo: Mission Technologies|
In August 2003, the U.S. Army ordered the first Buster UAVs from Mission Technologies. Since then, the Army has purchased a total of 9 Buster systems with four air vehicles each. They are used by the U.S. Army Night Vision Laboratories as mini-UAV sensor testbeds.
Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!
Data for Buster:
|Length||1.04 m (3 ft 5 in)|
|Wingspan||1.26 m (4 ft 1.5 in)|
|Weight||4.5 kg (10 lb)|
|Speed||65 km/h (35 knots)|
|Ceiling||3000 m (10000 ft)|
|Range||10 km (6 miles)|
|Endurance||> 4 h|
 "Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap, 2005-2030", Office of the Secretary of Defense, August 2005
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