The Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition team deploy the Birdeye Mini-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (above) during Exercise Wallaby 08 at Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia. The training session runs through November 16, 2008. The Birdeye can be deployed by a two-man team in 30 minutes.
The mini-UAV has a wing span of 2.2 meters and weighs about 5.5 kg. It has a mission radius of 8 km. at 30 to 60 kts. and an endurance of one hour flying at an altitude of 1,500 ft. (See photo below). The payload includes a day imaging sensor and a night infra-red imaging sensor -- both with pan, tilt and zoom capability.
The system is controlled in real time by a mini ground station (See display below) so soldiers can conduct reconnaissance and terrain mapping missions. The SAF has been conducting Exercise Wallaby since 1990. About 3,600 SAF personnel are taking part in this year's exercise, which is being held from 3 Oct to 16 Nov. The defense ministers of Singapore and Australia, Teo Chee Hean and Joel Fitzgibbon, visited Shoalwater this month to see an integrated systems live-firing exercise involving the participation of major air and land platforms such as the F-16, Apache, Pegasus lightweight howitzer and Leopard 2A4 main battle tank. Singapore Ministry of Defense photo. More information on Wallaby