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In 2007 the Fpass office switched to the Aerovironment RQ-11B Raven B, which had already been adopted as the standard 'Small Unmanned Aircraft System' by the US Special Operations Command, the US Army and the US Marine Corps.
The Air Force Electronic Systems Center Force Protection System Program Office first deployed FPASS last year.
"FPASS was specifically designed to be used by cops," said Major Mike Giger, FPASS program manager.
One of the sensors, which is linked to the 'enhanced Tass' (eTass), is the Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk miniature unmanned air vehicle, developed for the US Air Force as the Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System (FPass).
The other principal electrically powered mini-drone in American service is the 3.2 kg Desert Hawk, which was developed by the US Air Force Electronic System Center to meet a Centcom Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System (Fpass) requirement.
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