UAS: Wasp? AE RQ-12A

Weighing in at just over a kilogram, the Wasp AE delivers best-in-class capabilities for an unmanned aircraft system of its size, including stealth-like maneuverability, superior imagery, encrypted video and exceptional ease of use. Wasp’s gimbaled payload is mechanically stabilized, enabling it to transmit advanced imagery in high-wind conditions, while its advanced avionics allow operators the option of manual or autonomous navigation.

The all-environment Wasp combines hand-launch capabilities with deep-stall landing for operations in confined areas on land or water. The aircraft also includes an integrated landing camera that provides operators with exceptional situational awareness as the aircraft approaches the ground.

Wasp RQ-12A Video

Wasp AE is the all-environment version of the battle proven Wasp III Micro Air Vehicle (MAV). With special design considerations for maritime and land operations, Wasp AE delivers exceptional features of superior imagery, increased endurance and ease of use that is inherent in all AeroVironment UAS solutions.

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Product Specs

Payloads Gimbaled payload with pan and tilt stabilized high resolution EO & IR camera in a compact aerodynamic modular payload.
Range 5 km Line-of-Sight, 5+km with DDL relay
Endurance 50 min
Speed 20 knots cruise, 45+ knots dash
Operating Altitude (Typ.) 500 ft (152 m) AGL
Wing Span 3.3 ft (102 cm)
Length 2.5 ft (76 cm)
Weight 2.85 lbs; 1.3 kg
GCS Common GCS with Raven? and Puma
Launch Method Hand-launched in a confined area with remote launch capability
Recovery Method Deep-stall landing in a confined area

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Efficient Motor

This low acoustic and efficient propulsion system enables a flight endurance of 50 minutes. Operators can see incredible detail without being detected.

Auto Pilot

This custom designed autopilot includes a Digital Data Link (DDL) compatible with Wasp, Raven and Puma AE Ground Control System (GCS).


This mechanical and digital gimbaled payload features an integrated high resolution EO and 640 x 480 IR camera for superior imagery. 

Landing Camera

An integrated landing camera provides operators with excellent situational awareness during landing. 

Man Packable & Rugged

A small, portable, reliable, and rugged unmanned aerial platform designed for front-line day/night reconnaissance and surveillance.  Ruggedized for use on land and sea, Wasp AE is AeroVironment's smallest UAS with a gimbaled EO and IR payload.


The motor and motor controller battery, payload and control surface actuators are all replaceable in the field within minutes and without the use of special tool.  This increases the operational availability of each UAS.