The U.S. Army is currently flight testing a mini-RPV Laser Target Designation system designed and?
The U.S. Army is currently flight testing a mini-RPV Laser Target Designation system designed and developed by Philco-Ford's Aeronautic Division. It was originally sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency acting through the Air Force, but has been assumed as part of the Remotely Piloted Aerial Observer/Designator System (RPAODS).
The Praeire is an austere 75 pound fabric-covered wooden RPV for use under daylight conditions. It is designed to accomplish reconnaissance, target acquisition and target designation missions. It is equipped with a TV camera, optical systems and a ground link system.
The program is managed by the Army Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM), St. Louis, for the Army Material Command (AMC).