|Darter / Tayran|
|Faction|| - NATO|
|Top speed||~ 100 km/h|
|Service ceiling||~ 1,250 m|
|Fuel capacity||100 L|
|Secondary armament|| Targeting:
- Laser targeting
|«|| The Darter AR-2 is a miniature remote-controlled quadcopter perfect for reconnaissance and surveillance. Darters are agile, silent and hard to detect. The ability to hover in one place and use the camera to observe a location is invaluable in setting ambushes. An OPFOR arms manufacturer was able to reverse-engineer the Darter's construction and now produces a similar vehicle. The OPFOR quadcopter is labeled as the Tayran AR-2.|
Man portable and compact, the Darter is miniature VTOL-capable quad-rotor drone that is small enough to be carried in a backpack.
Once unpacked and assembled by the operator, it can then be connected to through a UAV Terminal and assigned tasks, or be used to mark targets with its laser designator for precision guided munitions.
Its small size makes it fairly agile and true to its name, can quickly dart through small gaps in buildings or hover just above the treeline in a forest. It can also be assigned to follow a person or vehicle while hovering at a safe distance, essentially acting as third, infrared-enabled eye for the operator (provided that they toggle the UAV's real-time camera feed).
Care must be taken with the Darter's use however, regardless of whether it is set to autonomous operation or being manually controlled by the operator. It has no armour whatsoever and can be disabled with just one round to any part of the airframe. Even coming into contact too roughly with any hard surface can instantly destroy it.
All faction variants have access to the same camouflage options:
- White: Pattern-less flat white paint scheme.
- Grey Hex: Light/dark grey cell pattern camouflage.
- Digital Grey: Digitised semi-fractal camouflage pattern used by several AAF aircraft and boats.
- IDAP: Flat white paint scheme with additional livery in the form of IDAP logos and signage. Used exclusively by IDAP aid workers.
Being a small UAV, the Darter has only two types of sensors that are meant to be used exclusively for tracking purposes:
Active Radar Edit
The Darter does not have an active radar as it cannot use any weapon systems.
Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor Edit
IRST detection has a maximum range of 1.5 km against aerial targets, and 1 km against ground targets. Identity recognition locks in at a distance of 2 km, which means that a Darter will always be able to instantly identify a target seen via infrared once they come within range.
However, it should be noted that unlike other manned/unmanned aircraft, the Darter does not have or use a conventional visual sensor. Instead, it utilises a motion/thermal sensor that is designed specifically to detect human-sized objects. This sensor can track airborne humans (i.e. paratroops) at a distance of 750 m, while humans on the ground can be detected at a distance of 500 m.
For both sensors, azimuth and elevation coverage is limited to an angle of 51 and 37 degrees respectively, and have a minimum operating range of 500 m.
Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar Edit
The Darter does not have a RWR or the ability to detect radar emissions.
Laser Spot Tracker Edit
The Darter cannot acquire laser marks or lock-on to infrared strobes.
- The Darter appears to be based on an enlarged version of the "AR.Drone Version 2.0" manufactured by Parrot SA of France.
- Despite being battery-operated, the Darter can seemingly "refuel" itself from civilian gas terminals and military fuel trucks.