The Desert Hawk can track enemies in a radius of 10 km at an altitude of 330 m. It uses color CCD or Infrared cameras. It is able to fly very quiet, without alerting enemies, due to it´s quiet electric motor.
For take-off it is hand-launched by a soldier using a bungee cord. It reaches flight speeds of 40 to 80 km/h. The Desert Hawk absolves it´s mission completely autonomous, while following GPS waypoints, but it is also possible for the operator to alter the Deser Hawk´s flight path while being in the air. The GPS antenna and the communication links are monted on the wings. It has a selectable payload of an infrared camera for night missions or conventional color camers for daylight.
A Desert Hawk system consists of six aircraft, a ground station and spere parts. Each system has a price of $300,000.