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The RQ-3 Peregrine is a UNSC Drone.
Peregrine UAV is a small folding tiltrotor UAV for reconnaissance. It is fitted with a set of cameras on a turntable mount, including an optical and thermal camera, and carries a motion sensor for guidance, threat detection and mapping. It can be carried by a single infantryman, with folding twin rotary engines and folding tail. It can independently operate in patrol mode, exploring a predetermined area for targets, be remotely operated by a universal control interface, usually carried by at least one member of a squad or operate on its own and designate targets for artillery, direct fire, spot targets or direct aircraft strikes. Its compact and light enough to be carried in a in a backpack without significantly effecting endurance.
The Peregrine has superb agility, allowing it to tuck in through windows and doorways to explore inside a building, and can achieve surprisingly high flight speeds and loiter above targets. It can take off and land without specialised gear, even being launched up to full forward speed by a soldier throwing it.
The tough little drone is used in almost all circumstances, increasing the situational awareness of infantrymen by remotely or manually exploring ahead of them, and is especially effective in urban situations, where its superior speed and agility makes it highly desirable. It is also used by armoured units to check structures for targets or scan ahead of them, and by artillery units for acquisition and designation of targets without risking the life of an infantryman.