Current: RQ-11B Raven (AeroVironment)
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Guillory
Habitat: As the most prevalent UAV on the planet, with more than 7,000 units in service, you'd be hard pressed to find any Army combat brigade in Afghanistan or Iraq that doesn't have one.
Behavior: Three feet long and 4.2 pounds, the Raven is typically fitted with an electronically stabilized color video camera or an infrared video camera for night missions, which pan, tilt and zoom digitally to provide ground troops with âsituational awareness.â The fleet is getting a digital upgrade that turns each one into a comm relay, effectively extending its six-mile range.
Notable Feature: Light and durable, if it crashes, the wings just pop off, and are easily replaced.