Kestrel (surveillance system)
In late 2010, the ISR Task Force and Army requested a version of Constant Hawk for aerostats. Contracted through the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, the Kestrel program delivered four units the following year.
Kestrel transmits imagery to the user in real time and can also record up to 30 days of events.
The Kestrel system also has applications for border security. In March, the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security conducted a seven-day demonstration of Kestrel in Nogales, Ariz.
Kestrel was mounted on an aerostat and worked in coordination with a high-resolution full motion video camera.
• Lightweight Expeditionary Airborne Persistent Surveillance (LEAPS)
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