The SantosLab Carcará is a Brazilian light weight unmanned aerial vehicle designed to be transported by a single soldier. The soldier's height allows takeoff and landing in restricted areas where other aircraft are unable to operate.[citation needed] It is designed to be used in any theater even if it is without roads or paths, or surrounded by obstacles.

Role UAV
Manufacturer SantosLab
First flight 2009
Status Active
Primary user Brazilian Navy

It is designed to be used by Brazilian Marine Corps infantry in real-time reconnaissance.



The Carcará was ordered by the Brazilian Navy to equip an infantry Marine Corps. The Navy wanted a UAV with stealth features which was lightweight, flexible and resistant. The Carcará has a low acoustic signature, can be controlled by a single soldier and can gather telemetry data. It can be programmed to follow a target automatically. To the naked eye while in the air, it is very similar to a caracara.


  • Wingspan: 160 cm
  • Operating speed: 40 km / h
  • Takeoff: manual or catapult
  • Recovery: "deep stall"
  • Autonomy: 60 to 95 minutes
  • Payload: mobile camera with zoom, or Infra-red sensor