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Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« on: May 19, 2007, 01:09:41 pm »
Can someone identify this US UAV concept?
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007, 01:13:44 pm »
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007, 10:14:12 am »
Hi,

Early concept for UCAV from Lockheed Martin in 1997.


http://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1997/1997%20-%202696.pdf

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007, 10:25:25 am »
This concept known as Sabre Warrior
« Last Edit: May 13, 2012, 10:53:14 am by Stargazer2006 »
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2007, 10:25:17 am »
Thank you dear flateric,

The Boeing UCAV version of its X-36 and Lockheed manned
and unmanned UCAV.


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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007, 04:18:21 am »
...the 'thing' seems to be morphing stuff. Very old one.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2007, 10:04:53 am »
Hi,

the HOVTOL is Horizontal Or Vertical Take Off Or Landing
UAV,
http://web.archive.org/web/20060428064332/http://www.unmannedaircraft.com/
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2008, 04:13:53 am »
Here is a new UAV concept from Tata
http://www.urbanaero.com/Frame-X-Hawk.htm

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2008, 06:32:08 pm »
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Here is a new UAV concept from Tata
http://www.urbanaero.com/Frame-X-Hawk.htm

There's already a thread on that vehicle here. Last I checked, the concept was being further developed by Sikorsky.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2008, 10:53:44 am »
Hi,

the Insitu Group built the for Boeing the A-15 Scan Eagle as ship-based
recce UAV.
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/2002/2002%20-%200481.html?search=shuttle%20derivative%202004
http://www.barnardmicrosystems.com/L4E_scaneagle.htm

How is this different from the Scan Eagle already in service?

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2008, 11:09:37 am »
DevilRay UAV

  • inverse capped helix winglets
  • recharges during flight by hooking onto high-voltage power lines
Source:  Ares - A Defense Technology Blog - Bird on a Wire - Flying Wing UAV Recharges on the Fly

A week ago I read a quite interesting blog entry about new winglet designs. Can't find it now, but according to that blog, it seems to be the 'holy grail' in present aerospace engineering .  :)
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2008, 12:25:13 pm »

A week ago I read a quite interesting blog entry about new winglet designs. Can't find it now, but according to that blog, it seems to be the 'holy grail' in present aerospace engineering .  :)

You mean Flightblogger, or?

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightblogger/2008/06/spiroid-wingtip-technology-the.html

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2008, 01:26:44 pm »

A week ago I read a quite interesting blog entry about new winglet designs. Can't find it now, but according to that blog, it seems to be the 'holy grail' in present aerospace engineering .  :)

You mean Flightblogger, or?

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightblogger/2008/06/spiroid-wingtip-technology-the.html

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2009, 01:16:42 am »
Interestingly enough, when Global Hawk originally won the Tier II+ ACTD, it was pointed out in AWS&T and other places that it was designed with hardpoints for decoys or ordinance. Since then I've rarely seen this mentioned.

I think it has to do a lot with the philosophy, that the Global Hawk is a pure reconnaissance platform, nothing more. During the time when the Predator received its first weapons, I remember the same idea to do so with the Global Hawk. But the USAF and some other institutions killed that idea even before the initial study was done, because they didn't want to see not even the indication, that the Global Hawk is able to use weapons.

It seems to be a reasonable. When the Global Hawk is shooted down in the enemy territory, it is much easier to say that we were only observing than to say, that we had there the armed vehicle, that is able to attack you in any time. Remember, that Global Hawk is strategic reconnaissance plane compared to Predator.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2009, 07:30:08 am »
New Lock-Mart UAV:

Lockheed's New Stealth Drone  by Steve Trimble, via Danger Room

http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/files/articles/lockdrone.jpg

After almost 15 years of spying on America's enemies, and occasionally
blowing them up, the venerable Predator and Reaper drones currently used by
the Air Force will have to be replaced, sooner or later. The Pentagon has
put out a contract for the next generation of UAVs, and Stephen Trimble of
The DEW Line has the first shots of Lockheed Martin's stealthy entry, the
MQ-X.
The new UAV would have stealth features, the ability to fly at 0.8 Mach and
a 24-hour flight life. For comparison, that's twice as fast as the Reaper,
and almost six times as fast as the Predator, with comparable flight life.
Other than that, Lockheed hasn't released any details. However, as noted by
the folks at Danger Room, Lockheed seemingly stopped making drones, so the
appearance of any entry into this contest comes as a surprise.
Lockheed has some stiff competition in the battle to replace the Predator
and Reaper drones. General Atomics, the company that makes the Predator,
looks to hold onto its UAV contract, while Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop
Grumman certainly want to get into this lucrative market.
The competition doesn't begin until next year, and even then, the project
won't receive funding until 2012. Ultimately, the Air Force hopes to have
this new generation of larger, more capable UAVs in the sky by 2020.
Hopefully, by then they will have solved the "linkage" problems.

Anyone seen a better image of this one?

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2009, 11:03:25 am »
In other words X-47A.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2009, 01:22:21 pm »
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
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« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2009, 11:07:07 am »
Nice pic and concept, but a picture without a caption is a pretty useless thing...

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2009, 12:18:54 pm »
Looks very similar (but not identical) to Lockheed Multi Role Endurance (MRE)....Other similar pictures are somewhere else on the forum.
I saw this first maybe in 2002. Funny they would choose to arm it with a Phoenix (I can only assume that's what it is), which was already outdated back then.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2009, 12:36:17 pm »
I heard it mentioned in connection to the Lockheed RIVET design.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2009, 12:45:09 pm »
You mean Dan Raymer's Reverse Installation Vectored Engine Thrust? The one concept i saw was manned, and looked a bit different.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2009, 01:22:26 pm »
Its the UCAV design from Lockheed. As AeroFranz wrote, similar, but not identical. The shape of the wing, tail and air intake is different.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2009, 02:32:49 pm »
This is Lockheed MREUAV. Was described at forum earlier.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #32 on: October 10, 2009, 03:19:07 pm »
What is this? I foud it in Stephen Trimble´s blog. It looks to me like the model of the Tier III.

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #33 on: October 11, 2009, 01:29:57 am »
It's the 2018 or now more appropriately Next Generation Bomber concept from Boeing/Lockheed.  I guess this is the unmanned version.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #36 on: November 23, 2009, 12:29:52 am »
It's the 2018 or now more appropriately Next Generation Bomber concept from Boeing/Lockheed.  I guess this is the unmanned version.

Although I'm pretty sure they would have painted it, there appears to be a rectangular section on the forward fuselage that looks a bit like a cockpit window:

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #37 on: November 23, 2009, 07:54:53 am »
I saw pervious that someone place up the Saber warrior, I have been looking for the last hour for any side, front and back views. Anyone by chance have any? It would be appreciated, or heck a link will do.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #38 on: December 03, 2009, 07:29:57 am »
I saw pervious that someone place up the Saber warrior, I have been looking for the last hour for any side, front and back views. Anyone by chance have any? It would be appreciated, or heck a link will do.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #39 on: January 09, 2010, 06:22:05 pm »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.

(Screen cap whilst they were unfolding the wings.)
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #40 on: January 09, 2010, 10:16:46 pm »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.
didn't they already did a coverage on the x-47b a while back?

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« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2010, 05:59:52 am »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.
didn't they already did a coverage on the x-47b a while back?

Just looked it up, looks like it was first aired 3/26/2008   :-[  Ah well, still has a lot of good stuff.   (Didn't realize they were showing reruns, I don't watch it that often.)
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2010, 06:04:11 am »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.

(Screen cap whilst they were unfolding the wings.)

Looking at the right, we have the answer about the shape of the engine's nozzle.

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« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2010, 07:43:24 am »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.

(Screen cap whilst they were unfolding the wings.)

Looking at the right, we have the answer about the shape of the engine's nozzle.

Here:  (Is it my imagination or is there a suggestion of a flap there at the trailing edge of the nozzle?  I've looked the video several times and it's definitely not a video artifact.)
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2010, 02:03:44 pm »
It looks more like a holding tie.

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« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2010, 02:45:43 pm »
Looks pretty one piece and no flap on it.
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« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2010, 02:49:33 pm »


Looks pretty one piece and no flap on it.

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« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2010, 03:08:24 pm »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.

(Screen cap whilst they were unfolding the wings.)

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2010, 03:46:28 pm »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.

(Screen cap whilst they were unfolding the wings.)

Nobody dis my bro Mack, dude is a serious badass. Navy Seal, multiple black belts, scout sniper. My boy is Rambo X 10.

LOL yeah but he does tend to get into the moment a bit much at times.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #49 on: January 10, 2010, 03:49:05 pm »
Looks pretty one piece and no flap on it.

I have rather lost track of this topic, what UAV is this now?
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« Reply #50 on: January 10, 2010, 03:52:04 pm »
Apologise friend. That is the NG X-47B demonstrator in assembly. Another poster asked if the exhaust had a flap on it for thrust vectoring - I hoped to show that it appears it does not.

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« Reply #51 on: January 10, 2010, 04:38:35 pm »
sferrin - best line from "Future Weapons" the stealth episode. A LockMart engineer says about the F-35, "After we leave the battlespace all that's left will be teeth and eyeballs!"

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #52 on: January 11, 2010, 05:37:14 am »
>That's X47B ?

Yes, it was said before.
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« Reply #53 on: January 11, 2010, 08:22:10 am »
Sometimes it can be useful to simply right-click over the picture and select the image's properties... the name of the picture often contains the name of the model shown (which WAS the case here...).  :D

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« Reply #54 on: January 20, 2010, 09:41:21 am »
Hi,

the SkyTote VTOL UAV.

http://www.gizmag.com/go/5478/

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #55 on: January 20, 2010, 10:01:49 am »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.

(Screen cap whilst they were unfolding the wings.)

Looking at the right, we have the answer about the shape of the engine's nozzle.

Here:  (Is it my imagination or is there a suggestion of a flap there at the trailing edge of the nozzle?  I've looked the video several times and it's definitely not a video artifact.)

Might be a strap to tie it down on the jig. If it was a flap, would not the hinge line be out of alignment (stealth)?

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #56 on: January 20, 2010, 10:11:45 am »
If you can deal with the host's theatrics the latest episode of Future Weapons has some EXCELLENT footage of the new X-47B.

(Screen cap whilst they were unfolding the wings.)

Looking at the right, we have the answer about the shape of the engine's nozzle.

Here:  (Is it my imagination or is there a suggestion of a flap there at the trailing edge of the nozzle?  I've looked the video several times and it's definitely not a video artifact.)

Might be a strap to tie it down on the jig. If it was a flap, would not the hinge line be out of alignment (stealth)?

Yeah, "Race" suggested that as well, and looking at it again I tend to agree with the strap notion.
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« Reply #57 on: January 20, 2010, 10:16:22 am »
Yeah, "Race" suggested that as well, and looking at it again I tend to agree with the strap notion.

Yes, he comfortably beat me to it - it's been a long day and I'm somewhat slow on the uptake ;)

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #58 on: January 20, 2010, 11:19:12 am »
Hi,

the SkyTote VTOL UAV.

http://www.gizmag.com/go/5478/




The top picture seems to represent a different design from the bottom one. The top design seems a lot like the old Lockheed "Salmon" tailsitter, with equally spaced fins and rudders.

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« Reply #60 on: May 09, 2010, 05:36:53 pm »
Two Lockheed Martin UAV/UCAV designs taken from a 2002 PowerPoint presentation entitled "Design of UAV Systems". The former has been seen earlier in this thread in lesser quality, while the second one doesn't ring a bell...

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« Reply #61 on: May 09, 2010, 07:08:33 pm »
The former looks like a varient of Sabre Warrior (the tail  section is different).  I've always liked that one.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #62 on: May 09, 2010, 07:43:52 pm »
When I see that second image, I can't help thinking, "It's VATOL, again!?" Of course, it becomes much more doable without the problems of what to do with the cockpit/pilot position during vertical flight.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #66 on: October 24, 2010, 10:10:06 am »
Can someone identify this concept? It seems to be high-speed VG wing UCAV.

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« Reply #67 on: November 18, 2010, 12:27:00 am »
Unmanned Systems Alert From Insidedefense.com

Card: Navy Seeking To Dub Next-Generation Unmanned Fighter 'Cutlass'

Inside the Navy, Nov. 15, 2010 -- The Navy wants to name the service's next-generation unmanned fighter and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft the "Cutlass," and the plan is to have a four- to eight-plane squadron on a carrier deck by 2018, Rear Adm. Kendall Card, director of concepts, strategies and integration for information dominance (N2/N6), said last week.
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So "on the deck by 2018" that timeline sure seems to indicate "something" is further along the development stage, than I am aware of anyway.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #68 on: November 18, 2010, 06:05:35 am »
I guess Adm Card doesn't know that L3 already has a UAV named Cutlass... of course that's a company name and not 'official'

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« Reply #69 on: November 18, 2010, 09:34:08 am »
They could choose something a little bit more successful than the F7 "Gutless" Cutlass...unless they are pointing to the fact that the namesake was also a tailless vehicle.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #70 on: November 18, 2010, 10:20:42 am »
So "on the deck by 2018" that timeline sure seems to indicate "something" is further along the development stage, than I am aware of anyway.

Or it's just rampant optimism. X-47B follow on was supposedly slated for introduction around 2018. It's difficult to see something being introduced by then given the state of play with F-35C. That's actually flying and is only going to reach IOC by 2018.

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« Reply #71 on: November 18, 2010, 10:29:40 am »
So "on the deck by 2018" that timeline sure seems to indicate "something" is further along the development stage, than I am aware of anyway.

Or it's just rampant optimism. X-47B follow on was supposedly slated for introduction around 2018. It's difficult to see something being introduced by then given the state of play with F-35C. That's actually flying and is only going to reach IOC by 2018.
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« Reply #72 on: November 18, 2010, 02:12:46 pm »

I was wondering if this that Boeing 'unknown' that was in their slide sheet as a 'strike system'? A Boeing air to air ucav maybe? twin engined job?

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #73 on: November 19, 2010, 08:21:29 am »
The Navy is presumably talking about UCLASS (unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike), which is not as ambitious as an X-47B-follow-on UCAV would be. It's what GA-ASI is pitching Sea Avenger for.

But Cutlass -  NOOOOOOO!  It would be like naming an RAF fighter Defiant.

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« Reply #74 on: November 19, 2010, 08:29:30 am »
The Navy is presumably talking about UCLASS (unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike), which is not as ambitious as an X-47B-follow-on UCAV would be. It's what GA-ASI is pitching Sea Avenger for.

But Cutlass -  NOOOOOOO!  It would be like naming an RAF fighter Defiant.
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« Reply #75 on: November 19, 2010, 08:54:55 am »
"Gutless Cutlass"
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #76 on: November 19, 2010, 09:43:23 am »
The Navy is presumably talking about UCLASS (unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike), which is not as ambitious as an X-47B-follow-on UCAV would be. It's what GA-ASI is pitching Sea Avenger for.

But Cutlass -  NOOOOOOO!  It would be like naming an RAF fighter Defiant.
You may recall that Chance Vought/U.S. Navy named its F7U Cutlass. -SP

Well; I thinl that's pretty much what he meant, Steve. Giving the name of a US Navy fighter to a USAF aircraft would be like naming an RAF fighter with the name of a Royal Navy fighter...  ::)

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #77 on: November 19, 2010, 09:53:20 am »
or maybe naming an aircraft after a (sadly) unsuccessful predecessor is not auspicious. I mean, nobody would christen a new liner the "Titanic II", would they?
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« Reply #78 on: November 19, 2010, 10:03:26 am »
or maybe naming an aircraft after a (sadly) unsuccessful predecessor is not auspicious. I mean, nobody would christen a new liner the "Titanic II", would they?

Well, yeah. But Titanic is a bit extreme an example, don't you think?? LOL
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #80 on: December 19, 2010, 03:27:07 am »
So... what now? I think I will start today with something nice from LM.

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« Reply #81 on: December 19, 2010, 05:52:56 am »
vertically launched from a platform it seems...

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #84 on: April 14, 2011, 12:15:48 pm »
According to StephenTrimble of Steven Trimble's The DEW Line blog, speaking about a Powerpoint presentation to the AIAA presented by Dr. Charles Harris, head of the Research Directorate at NASA's Langley Research Center:


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Harris also reveals an image (slide 6) I've never seen before of a US Navy concept for a very new kind of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It seems to combine elements of the old joined-wing SensorCraft idea with ... detachable UCAV's on each wing-tip?

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #85 on: May 02, 2011, 11:05:28 pm »
What's this?  Looks sorta like a Heron but the back end is all wrong for starters.  More photos here:

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?197620-Is-it-a-UAV-or-a-piloted-aircraft-(Yes-I-ve-read-the-information-request-sticky)

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #86 on: May 03, 2011, 12:41:33 am »
Could be a French Harfang, but the tail is interesting. Maybe a company (EADS) testbed example?

EDIT: Maybe not. The wing layout doesn't really gel with that theory, unless EADS used unsold Harfang components for some sort of once off testbed/ demonstrator.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #87 on: May 03, 2011, 01:54:42 am »
What's this?  Looks sorta like a Heron but the back end is all wrong for starters.  More photos here:

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?197620-Is-it-a-UAV-or-a-piloted-aircraft-(Yes-I-ve-read-the-information-request-sticky)

Funny how the tail unit seems to be asymmetric...

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #88 on: May 03, 2011, 03:47:57 am »
I think it might be an Aerovironment design. Alternatively it could still be a Harfang derivative. By the way, is it just me or does it look like that drone might be equipped with a heavy fuel engine?.
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« Reply #89 on: May 03, 2011, 04:42:47 am »
What's this?  Looks sorta like a Heron but the back end is all wrong for starters.  More photos here:

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?197620-Is-it-a-UAV-or-a-piloted-aircraft-(Yes-I-ve-read-the-information-request-sticky)

There is a Lockheed Martin design on a poster that is very similar to this IIRC. I'll remember where I saw it soon I hope :(

http://airdroids.blogspot.com/2010/08/lockheed-unveils-maple-mple-uav.html

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #90 on: May 04, 2011, 09:24:49 am »
What's this?  Looks sorta like a Heron but the back end is all wrong for starters.  More photos here:

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?197620-Is-it-a-UAV-or-a-piloted-aircraft-(Yes-I-ve-read-the-information-request-sticky)

Funny how the tail unit seems to be asymmetric...
Looks more like twin boom joined at the top tips to form the horizontal stabilizers swept back ten degrees or so. It looks crooked because the sweep angle reverses as it crosses the centerline.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #92 on: May 31, 2011, 12:19:16 pm »
Video of Lockheed Martin SabreWarrior UCAV concept.

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« Reply #93 on: May 31, 2011, 12:27:03 pm »
Video of Lockheed Martin Sure Strike 2 UCAV concept.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #94 on: May 31, 2011, 01:26:54 pm »
Video of Lockheed Martin Sure Strike 2 UCAV concept.

In other words Lockheed Cormorant.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #95 on: May 31, 2011, 01:41:45 pm »
The SabreWarrior voiceover is the Turbo Encabulator guy, I swear.

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« Reply #96 on: May 31, 2011, 01:47:16 pm »
Video of Lockheed Martin Sure Strike 2 UCAV concept.

In other words Lockheed Cormorant.

I don't think so. While they share some design elements, the Sure Strike 2 appears to be a large, high altitude bomb truck with limited onboard sensors, while Cormorant was a smaller low to medium level sub-launched platform intended for roles like recon, strike, BDA, defense suppression, etc.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #97 on: June 01, 2011, 02:10:06 pm »
I disagree with that. Yes, in the video the aircrafts are shown in relatively high altitude, but to use that kind of the configuration for the high altitude bomb truck is the engineering suicide (stealth, internal arrangement, lift in high altitude, fuel to weight ratio, take off and landing of such a design on the conventional runway...). And Lockheed Martin didn't invest billions of dollars to the Cormorant development, so there is not any need for the effort to "recycle" the concept in another weapon system. The type of the mission in the video is of course different, but I am sure, that the vehicle itself is the Cormorant.

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« Reply #98 on: June 01, 2011, 02:23:35 pm »
I disagree with that. Yes, in the video the aircrafts are shown in relatively high altitude, but to use that kind of the configuration for the high altitude bomb truck is the engineering suicide (stealth, internal arrangement, lift in high altitude, fuel to weight ratio, take off and landing of such a design on the conventional runway...). And Lockheed Martin didn't invest billions of dollars to the Cormorant development, so there is not any need for the effort to "recycle" the concept in another weapon system. The type of the mission in the video is of course different, but I am sure, that the vehicle itself is the Cormorant.

Hmmm. Leaving aside for the moment the question of wether SS2 was directly derived from Cormorant, I was wondering wether it was intended for air launch, although that still leaves the question of how it or where it was to land, unless it was intended to be retrieved in mid-air by a carrier aircraft, that is. The Cormorant was intended for ditching and recovery by it's parent sub, but I doubt that was also to be the case for the SS2, although it is possible it was intended for launch from a CVN or other surface vessel, and then post mission ditching and recovery by same or other friendly vessel. That would make sense.
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« Reply #99 on: June 26, 2011, 02:18:08 pm »
The first image seems to be from a Navy, or Navy related presentation?
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #100 on: June 27, 2011, 12:39:56 pm »
Is someone splitting and merging? I am almost sure that I responded to that. It is a morphing wing study from NG. However I dont think, that the last generic triangular platform (that was really built in scaled down form)  is related with the two other.

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« Reply #101 on: June 27, 2011, 01:50:52 pm »
I dont think, that the last generic triangular platform (that was really built in scaled down form)  is related with the two other.

Agreed. Third aircraft is most likely an early depiction of the X-47A.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #103 on: July 07, 2011, 05:03:12 am »
Lockheed's New Stealth Drone  by Steve Trimble, via Danger Room

http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/files/articles/lockdrone.jpg


Just came across an official PowerPoint presentation which presents that same Lockheed UAV in various configurations:


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« Reply #104 on: July 07, 2011, 05:36:04 am »
Just came across an official PowerPoint presentation which presents that same Lockheed UAV in various configurations:
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« Reply #105 on: July 07, 2011, 07:02:43 am »
Just came across an official PowerPoint presentation which presents that same Lockheed UAV in various configurations:
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,6843.msg91984.html#msg91984

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« Reply #106 on: July 07, 2011, 10:18:34 pm »
I'm really liking Sabre Warrior. Are any high resolution images of this project yet available?
 
I guess a lot of people might think the "double-nose" configuration is ugly, but I'm quite fond of it (perhaps in part because I've thought up similar design concepts in the past). Would be very interesting to see how that develops.
 
 
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« Reply #108 on: July 09, 2011, 06:54:39 am »
I'm really liking Sabre Warrior. Are any high resolution images of this project yet available?
 
I guess a lot of people might think the "double-nose" configuration is ugly, but I'm quite fond of it (perhaps in part because I've thought up similar design concepts in the past). Would be very interesting to see how that develops.

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« Reply #109 on: July 09, 2011, 08:53:39 am »
Really? That blows.
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« Reply #111 on: August 18, 2011, 04:15:50 am »
Nice video indeed!

Here is a couple of captures that seemed worthwhile: the first one presents all of Northrop Grumman's current unmanned systems in one screen; the second one presents the Global Hawk range.

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« Reply #112 on: September 16, 2011, 01:22:28 am »
....Here is a couple of captures that seemed worthwhile: the first one presents all of Northrop Grumman's current unmanned systems in one screen....

Well well!, worthwhile indeed, I'm liking 'Restricted' and it's reminding me of something....:
 
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well, it would be too obvious...)))
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« Reply #114 on: November 02, 2011, 08:21:03 am »
from 2008 Northrop Grumman presentation
Sensorcraft (or NGB?), DARPA/NG OFW Demonstrator, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN
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Hi,


here is the Boeing Persistent Munition Technology Demonstrator PMTD
Dominator UAV.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persistent_Munition_Technology_Demonstrator

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« Reply #117 on: January 13, 2012, 08:36:35 pm »
some new LM ADP UCAV shape noticed along Polecat configuration at Skink Works chief Al Romig presentation on January, 11


downloaded presentation video (hate streaming vids) http://www.zshare.net/video/986312966879e436/
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #118 on: January 14, 2012, 12:08:34 am »
Interesting. Thanks for sharing!  ;)

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« Reply #120 on: January 18, 2012, 03:48:29 am »
some weird stuff at lower left corner from October 2011 AFRL presentation
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« Reply #121 on: January 18, 2012, 05:57:40 am »
some weird stuff at lower left corner from October 2011 AFRL presentation

Hmmm... Seems like some distant relative of Project Aquiline...

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« Reply #122 on: January 18, 2012, 06:35:24 am »
The others around it look as if they could be bug-sized or shaped systems as well; noting the twin bulbous 'eyes' on each, the protuding legs, etc - there has been some interesting and somewhat successful work on 'cyborg' beetles that can be remotely controlled, although they don't appear anything like that.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #123 on: January 19, 2012, 02:33:03 pm »
A small company called Theiss Aviation has developed several so-called NIRVs (Nature Inspired Reconnaissance Vehicles), which are basically UAVs or MAVs shaped like birds.

The Seagull :






The Hawk :




The Vulture :








The Spy Pigeon:




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« Reply #124 on: January 19, 2012, 11:15:21 pm »
Nice Pics Stargazer2006
 
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« Reply #125 on: January 20, 2012, 12:20:20 pm »
Hmmmm.

Robo-Copter Will Keep Tabs on Navy’s Biofuel Plants


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The Navy is hoping to one day run a huge chunk of its fleet on biofuels. So the Navy’s advanced researchers — and their partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture — are turning to a tiny robotic helicopter to help them figure out which crop they might be able to convert into their fuel of the future.
 
The experiment is taking place over 35,000 acres of Maui soil, on the fields of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, the state’s largest commercial sugar plantation. That’s the site of a $10 million, five-year gamble to test which of plantation’s crops might work as grow-your-jetfuel. The drone helicopter will track every temperature fluctuation and sprouting bud emerging into the Hawaiian sun......


.....Nevertheless, the Office of Naval Research and the Agriculture Department are wondering whether Maui’s mix of plants, tropical sun, and nutrient-rich soil can produce a bumper crop of clean, renewable energy. Enter the Leptron corporation’s tiny drone helicopter, the Avenger. It’s about to be the Navy’s robotic horticulturist in Hawaii.
 
The Department of Agriculture recently bought an Avenger — not to be confused with the next-generation Predator drone — so its thermal imaging cameras can gather “small plot specific data,” particularly about crop temperature. The department wants a drone instead of a manned helicopter so it can keep the Avenger hovering over the patch of farmland and taking pictures longer than a human being could handle. The idea is that the Avenger’s persistent stare will alert researchers to any problems with the crops — including jatropha, sweet sorghum, and sugar cane — before the entire experiment is jeopardized. The team figures that Hawaii is an ideal venue for the experiement: it’s a high-fertility environment that’s already home to the Pacific Fleet. “A perfect storm of opportunity,” is how the Navy’s top energy official described Hawaii in 2010......


.....But the first lookout for whether grow-your-own fuel is even viable will be the diminutive, svelte Avenger, whose main rotor is merely six feet in diameter. In addition to optional remote-control or programmable autonomous flight options, it comes with a pair of video goggles, which Leptron calls a “Personal Media Viewer,” to give a person below a drone’s eye view. Watching the grass grow was never this captivating.
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« Reply #126 on: January 20, 2012, 11:57:53 pm »
Hmmmm.

Robo-Copter Will Keep Tabs on Navy’s Biofuel Plants

Interesting. I was precisely looking for info a couple of days ago on a "Schweizer RoboCopter", and I guess this must be an improved version of the same project.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #127 on: January 24, 2012, 06:46:16 am »
Sorry for digging up old stuff, but i only just now saw Flateric's posted video "Engineering Design takes flight" one page back.
First off, great video. The other thing, at 2:24, is it me or does the lower framed picture show a dogfight between a MiG-29 and a manned sixth-gen fighter with inverted Vee-tails? While i have seen every single one of the other concepts shown in the video, i don't recall ever seeing that particular one anywhere else...
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« Reply #129 on: January 26, 2012, 01:28:32 am »
A fabulous set of captures, and a couple of amazing designs here...

And to think that this is only the emerged part of the iceberg that is Lockheed Martin's R&D programs...

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« Reply #130 on: January 26, 2012, 01:02:12 pm »
Great set of images,thanks a lot for posting them.
 
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« Reply #131 on: January 26, 2012, 02:04:06 pm »
Nice shots of the manned Saber Warrior.  :)
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« Reply #132 on: January 26, 2012, 03:36:29 pm »
these are really unseen before (me thinks)
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« Reply #133 on: January 26, 2012, 04:39:35 pm »
I could swear I've seen 02 in Jay Miller's F-22 book.
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« Reply #134 on: January 26, 2012, 05:20:13 pm »
Picture 02 (or a shape and configuration that is so spookily similar it boggles the mind!)  plagued the Pennines from '92 until around '98 / '99 time frame when the sightings halted.

I'll have to go visit Bradford archives and see if I can get the articles and letters to local newspapers because many people saw this threading through valleys and snatched glimpses from tops of the peaks very early in the mornings.

Interestingly enough an airliner coming into Manchester was nearly in collision with a very similar dark fast wedge shaped airframe. Made quite a stir at the time I can tell you!
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #135 on: January 26, 2012, 08:13:24 pm »
picture 5 and 6 look hella interesting.  Based on the look of the cockpit, it got to be the size of a bomber, but the box wing suggests a emphasis in getting full coverage from a distributed sensor package.  If it's a survilliance aircraft, then shouldn't it be better to go unmanned? Or is the wierd looking box wings are used for aerodynamic efficiency?

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #136 on: January 26, 2012, 11:20:50 pm »
Picture 02 (or a shape and configuration that is so spookily similar it boggles the mind!)  plagued the Pennines from '92 until around '98 / '99 time frame when the sightings halted.

I'll have to go visit Bradford archives and see if I can get the articles and letters to local newspapers because many people saw this threading through valleys and snatched glimpses from tops of the peaks very early in the mornings.

Interestingly enough an airliner coming into Manchester was nearly in collision with a very similar dark fast wedge shaped airframe. Made quite a stir at the time I can tell you!

02 is:

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,10031.0.html
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http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,8487.msg75446.html#msg75446

The UK aircraft was believed at the time to be a BAe project called "HALO" - though given what we now know about Replica, it's not likely that BAe had something flying at that time.

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« Reply #138 on: January 27, 2012, 02:03:46 am »
Last image pointed in the slideshow doesn't exist!!

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« Reply #139 on: January 27, 2012, 09:44:19 am »

please post last image in slideshow  :'(

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #140 on: January 27, 2012, 10:31:36 am »
In other news, via Slashdot, here's an interesting offshoot of the Adaptive Vehicle Make program:

Pentagon drafts today’s kids to build tomorrow’s aerial killers

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In a world where warfare is fast becoming fielded by remote controlled and autonomous robots, innovation is the key to victory. The most technologically advanced superpower can see more, plan better, and attack from further away than its inferior adversaries. What better to revolutionize the drone and robotics industry but the brilliant minds of our children? That’s what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Department’s research and development arm, thinks too.

It’s the Adaptive Vehicle Make project through a pilot program called Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach, and it’s slated to reach a thousand schools in and out of the country, roping in the brightest minds to develop robotics and advance technology in new and interesting ways.

Funded by the Department of Defense, the program comes with a steep cost: The DoD wants unlimited rights to everything the students build. That’s right: equipment, tests, source code… the whole nine yards. It’s crowdsourcing at its very best.


Although the article is a little.. negative about the scheme.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #142 on: April 01, 2012, 01:03:47 am »
well, not quite 'new'
Lockheed Martin Antisubmarine Warfare UAV patent from 2001
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #144 on: April 06, 2012, 06:25:06 pm »
This looks a lot like it's based on a Bell Eagle Eye UAV:

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« Reply #145 on: April 07, 2012, 01:27:42 am »
VTOL UAS, Tighter Teaming In U.S. Army Future (Aviation Week)

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Having pushed unmanned systems further than any other U.S. service, the Army is preparing to take the next steps, fielding a vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft and raising manned-unmanned teaming to a higher level. While VTOL will provide the U.S. Army with new basing, operating and sensing options, teaming is central to its plans for future rotorcraft that could be optionally manned.

The Army is embarked on the two-track journey to a vertical-lift unmanned aircraft, fielding an existing system as a quick-reaction capability while developing requirements for a follow-on VTOL UAS program of record. Three Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopters are scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in June, but the second track hit a bump in the road in February when the U.S. Navy canceled its planned Medium-Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System (MRMUAS) program.
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« Reply #146 on: April 07, 2012, 02:01:03 am »
This looks a lot like it's based on a Bell Eagle Eye UAV:

For sure. Artist's impression of the serial production version designed for MAVUS.

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« Reply #147 on: June 20, 2012, 08:45:56 am »
BAI Aerosystems TERN UAV (U.S. Army FOG-R, now FROG)

The FROG unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a small high wing monoplane used for digital control system research by the Naval Postgraduate School Aeronautics Department. The airplane was manufactured by BAI Aerosystems, as the BAI TERN (Tactically Expendable Remote Navigator), and was formerly designated the FOG-R by the U.S. Army. In the FOG-R configuration the airplane was equipped with a fiber optic data link for command uplink and video downlink. The TERN was designed to carry up to twenty-two pounds of payload for periods of up to four hours. The TERN UAV is currently in use as a test bed for sensor systems by both the US Navy’s Strike UAV Program and NASA. In the past, the NPS FROG had been configured with a variety of sensors including an onboard autopilot, various inertial measurement units, GPS receivers, an instrumented nose boom and a digital camera.

The FROG is configured with a Model BA64 6.4 cubic inch, horizontally opposed, piston engine, manufactured by Brinson Aircraft Company. The 2-cylinder engine developed 9.3 Hp and is equipped with a two bladed propeller mounted in a tractor orientation in a nacelle atop the wing, as depicted in Figure 2.3. The FROG has fixed tricycle landing gear with a steer-able nose wheel. The empennage is connected to the body of the airplane by a 1.75-inch diameter aluminum tube. The FROG is equipped with conventional elevator, rudder, ailerons and flaps. Small servomotors, designed for use in radio-controlled airplanes, actuate the control surfaces.

Length: 8.125 ft
Height: 1.75 ft
Weight: 67.7 lbs
Power Plant: 9.3 Hp / 2 Cycle
Wing Airfoil: NACA 2415
Horizontal Stabilizer Airfoil: NACA 0006 (Approx.)
Wing Span (b): 126.5 in
Tail Span (bw): 39.75 in
Vertical Tail Span (bv): 15.0 in
ARw: 6.32


All of the above and more in this 2001 thesis:
Design and evaluation of a digital flight control system for the Frog Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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« Reply #149 on: July 19, 2012, 07:08:55 am »
General Atomics Markets Unarmed Predator for Export

Posted by Pierre Tran | July 11th, 2012 | General Atomics, U.S., Unmanned aircraft systems



                                                            A model of the Predator XP on display at Farnborough // Colin Kelly/staff


General Atomics sees an undisclosed Middle Eastern country as the nearest prospect for a sale of an unarmed version of the Predator UAV, a company executive said.
 
A reduced scale model of the Predator XP hangs overhead at the General Atomics stand at the Farnborough International Airshow.
 
The UAV, dubbed XP for export, is similar to the Predator aircraft but the specifications have been reduced to classify as category two, a lower classification than category one, in the missile technology control regime, the executive said.
 
The XP air vehicle is designed for surveillance and reconnaissance and lacks hard points under the wings, so it’s unable to carry weapons, the executive said.
 
The technology control rules restrict the sale of the Predator to NATO allies and a handful of friendly countries such as Australia, Japan and New Zealand, leaving a number of countries in the Middle East and Latin America unable to buy the Predator because of the restrictions.
 
The XP model has winglets and incorporates the key characteristics of the Predator, namely triple redundancy in flight control systems and avionics, and an automatic landing and take-off capability.
 
The technology control regime was intended to restrict the spread of cruise missiles and a category one referred to weapon systems that carried a 500-kilogram payload for 300 kilometers.
 

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« Reply #150 on: July 20, 2012, 07:23:05 am »
Those winglets might be attached to longer/extra range version of the MQ-9.
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« Reply #151 on: July 25, 2012, 06:05:29 am »
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« Reply #152 on: August 01, 2012, 05:02:10 pm »
"BFF" from the Creative Forge made LM ADP promo video...hmm. Note that each screenshot image file there more or less correctly named - 791, pcat, ratlers(ha). But WTF is 'BFF'?
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« Reply #153 on: August 01, 2012, 06:04:00 pm »
But WTF is 'BFF'?
Best Friends Forever sounds stupid:) Battle Field F... something?
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« Reply #155 on: August 02, 2012, 11:29:47 am »
not unplausible. Looks like the wings are separate pieces and that there is an inboard structural joint. Maybe you can test different stiffness wings? at least that's what lockheed is doing with X-56, although that would imply duplication of efforts (?).
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« Reply #156 on: August 05, 2012, 01:59:54 am »
It looks significantly small, a few meters of wingspan. Interesting demonstrator through.

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Unmanned vehicles Lockheed Martin is featuring at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2012.
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« Reply #159 on: September 07, 2012, 03:27:45 am »
From an Ares blog article on Northrop Grumman's Operationally Responsive Systems unit:
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In the meantime, the Operationally Responsive Systems unit is also promoting a unique offering to the U.S. Air Force to train its growing cadre of General Atomics Reaper and Predator UAS pilots to conduct takeoffs and landings. Predators and Reapers suffer a high incident rate during launch and recovery. This is partially due to the latency of satellite communications used for controlling the UAS. Pilots often overcompensate for movements at the controls because of the latency of response to their commands.

The strategy is to sell training services for Predator and Reaper pilots using a Northrop Grumman-owned aircraft, called the Sandstorm, and an Internet-based control system, called the Longshot. Sandstorm—an actual 15-ft.-wingspan unmanned aircraft designed to mimic the flight characteristics of the Predator and Reaper—would be controlled remotely by students anywhere with a wideband Internet connection. Northrop's system replicates the controls of a Reaper/Predator pilot, including the feedback of the stick and throttle. Ten Sandstorms have been produced by Montana-based Unmanned Systems Inc., and the team experimented with them long before cementing its partnership in April, says Karl Purdy, manager of new UAS programs at Northrop Grumman.

Purdy estimates that the project will pay for itself by reducing the number of costly Air Force mishaps in the field. “We believe it will save them $75 million per year,” he says. Each Sandstorm costs less than $100,000, a fraction of the Reaper's multimillion-dollar price tag. The aircraft, which has a 15-ft. wingspan and is 8 ft. long, is roughly one-quarter the size of Reaper.

The Sandstorm/Longshot can perform 100 landings for the price of one by a Reaper, he says. Today, pilots train for launch and recovery using actual Predators and Reapers, causing substantial wear and tear on the platforms. Northrop's vision is to sell services to the Air Force to qualify more experienced launch-and-recovery pilots by providing them with more stick time on the Sandstorm/Longshot system than they would receive in current training.

The Internet-based model would allow for training at various locations, and a safety pilot is always present with the Sandstorm to take control of the aircraft in the event of a student error or loss of Internet connection.

Purdy argues that actual hardware is needed to teach launch-and-recovery operations because simulators cannot properly emulate the environment, including latency of controls for remote operations. This latency, or delay, was a contributing factor in many accidents because pilots tend to over-command the stick if they do not see instant feedback on the screen when operating the UAS; thus, they can run off a runway or descend too quickly while landing.

Northrop Grumman officials say the technology is applicable to other UAS fleets because it enables operators to program in the flight characteristics of aircraft such as the Hunter UAS or a bevy of Israeli models sold globally.


[IMAGE CREDIT: unmanned.co.uk article on Sandstorm (link)]


Initial prototype at a flight demonstration event hosted by the Center for Remote Integration, Montana, November 2011
(UAV in background is a Trogdor, also from Unmanned Systems Inc.)

[IMAGE CREDIT: Patrick Cote/Daily Inter Lake (via bugerbilly at the Fifth Column)]


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NOTE: This image seems to cast some doubt on whether the first image from unmanned.co.uk is actually a Sandstorm
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« Reply #160 on: September 13, 2012, 01:23:37 pm »

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[...]The Morphing Hybrid Air-Vehicle concept proves that same can-do spirit of pushing the technological envelope still drives Aerospace Systems engineers
Interesting idea and a cute lady.  :D
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« Reply #161 on: October 02, 2012, 05:08:27 am »
Some heavy splitting will have to be done in this topic...

Meanwhile, here's a DARPA diagram showing the comparative sizes of an F-117, an F-16 and a generic UCAV.

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http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130303/DEFREG02/303030005/U-S-Air-Force-Plans-Extended-Range-Reaper

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The use of UAVs in Afghanistan has increased significantly over the past year as the Obama administration prepared for troops to leave the country, and that trend seems likely to continue. The ER model could allow incursions into Pakistan despite the loss of the Afghan bases that have been home to many unmanned launches in the past decade.

The UAV's range would be extended using a modification kit that will replace the wings on older Reaper models with a newer design equipped with fuel tanks.

The modification would extend the operational capability of the Reaper by about 10 hours. The standard Reaper is configured for 30 hours for the ISR model, and roughly 23 hours if armed with Hellfire missiles. General Atomics believes the ER model would up those to 42 hours for ISR and 35 hours with the Hellfire.

Pehrson said the company plans to meet with Air Force officials this Friday to iron out some of the details, but declined to comment on whether the company was expecting its new design to be in the 2014 budget.

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General Atomics began looking into an ER model 18 months ago, Pehrson said, and developed a number of potential designs.

That included two test models for NASA that featured an 80-foot wingspan. While the model successfully increased both the endurance and altitude of the UAV, the Air Force rejected it because of concerns with its size; increasing the wings by that much would require redesigning the infrastructure, such as hangars and shipping containers, which are already in use.Test models included versions with longer wings, but the Air Force selected a different fix: new wings, the same size as the traditional Reaper design, that come equipped with extra fuel tanks and winglets to help reduce drag. The fuel tanks are detachable, leaving the wing stations free to carry other payloads, such as sensors or weapons, but they are not drop tanks that can be jettisoned in flight.

The modifications are backward-compatible to the traditional MQ-9 fuselage, so teams in the field could strip off the wings and attach the new ones relatively easily.

Pehrson puts the cost per unit in the ballpark of $500,000 to $1 million, although he noted those are rough figures that could change.

“There's no contract yet,” Pehrson said. “We've done some budgetary estimates, we've given them prices and they haven't balked at that. They're agreeing those are reasonable numbers.”

He also said the kits could be in the field 18 months after a contract is signed, in limited quantities.

The long-term plan would be for General Atomics to replace the older wing design in its production facility so new Reapers would come with the new wings installed. The Air Force has received less than half of the roughly 400 Reapers it has ordered, “so whenever they cut into production the remainders would be [extended-range],” Pehrson said.
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Unmanned vehicles Lockheed Martin is featuring at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2012.


I know that was posted a while ago but the samarai monocopter is fascinating. Is there any more info available about this?

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« Reply #168 on: November 21, 2013, 03:26:57 pm »
Hi,


here is the Florida Institute of Technology blended wing body UAV,as a student
project.


http://www.fit.edu/newsroom/news/3897/aero_project_takes_first_in_regional_event

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a student project.

Still a zillion times better than what Iran could attain in 10 years!

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a student project.

Still a zillion times better than what Iran could attain in 10 years!


That's right Stargazer,and I think Iran is still in its beginning steps.

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Northrop Grumman is developing new technology to allow intelligence systems to learn patterns and predict, rather than detect, threats, said Patrick Antkowiak, vice president of the company's advanced concepts and technologies division. "Some of the best chess players in the world now are computers. What's going on there is that this idea of machine learning," or enabling a computer to predict an opponent's move with greater accuracy based on past data, explained Antkowiak in a briefing Wednesday in Washington D.C. "Think of what happens when we combine that ability with our sensing technology" on battlefield surveillance platforms such as JSTARS or Global Hawk, he added. "We get sensor architectures that can learn…and don't just forensically give us a view of where we've been, but start to predict where we need to be," noted Antkowiak.  "We go from response, to anticipatory sort of systems." Though the concept is still in the research and development stage, it could theoretically be retrofitted to many existing systems, he said.
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« Reply #172 on: January 07, 2014, 05:57:16 am »
The TERN program seems to be moving ahead, be interesting to see what, if anything comes out of it:


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The contracts went to Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas, Va., Carter Aviation in Wichita Falls, Texas, Maritime Applied Physics Corp., in Baltimore, Md., AeroEnvironment  in Monrovia, Calif., and Northrup Grumman  in Falls Church, Va. Each of the contracts is valued at less than $3 million, and will be used by each company to develop concepts for DARPA’s Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node, or TERN, program, according to a recent press release.

The new UAS will be expected to provide video and other reconnaissance data for both peaceful and battle operations, and the aircraft will need to be launched from a variety of Navy ships, including the new Littoral Combat Ship.  Many of these ships have little room for a landing strip, so the TERN UASs must be capable of very short take offs and landings.

To meet this short take-off and landing requirement, Carter Aviation plans to offer its Slowed Rotor/Compound technology that uses a slowly turning rotor to act as a fixed wing for efficient level flight, but can spin up the rotor for vertical take-offs, the release states. The other vendors will all have their own concepts to meet the terms of the DARPA contract.

DARPA has announced that there will be follow-on contracts once the initial concepts have been developed and reviewed.


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... Carter Aviation plans to offer its Slowed Rotor/Compound technology that uses a slowly turning rotor to act as a fixed wing for efficient level flight, but can spin up the rotor for vertical take-offs, ...

Seems to be principally very similar to the Boeing X-50 Dragonfly, which obviously
was a more problematic concept, than at first thought.
Was there already an aircraft using a rotor wing succesfully ? I mean, apart from
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Seems to be principally very similar to the Boeing X-50 Dragonfly, which obviously
was a more problematic concept, than at first thought.
Was there already an aircraft using a rotor wing succesfully ? I mean, apart from
the Whispercraft, of course ?  ;)


I believe this is more closely related to an autogiro than X-50.

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Yes, maybe, that principle worked for the designs by Gerald Herrick, but without execption
those were biplanes once in cruising flight, with the second (fixed) wing helping during
transition. But if the picture is at least somewhat related to the actual thing, we have
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« Reply #177 on: June 02, 2014, 08:03:57 pm »
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« Reply #178 on: June 02, 2014, 11:15:36 pm »
Thank you dear flateric,

The Boeing UCAV version of its X-36 and Lockheed manned
and unmanned UCAV.


http://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1998/1998%20-%201390.pdf


The second picture appears to be the saber warrior. A sort of A2A/A2G mule for the F-22, the only UCAV i am aware of that offered an afterburner option.

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This was answered 7 years ago by flateric...

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« Reply #180 on: June 03, 2014, 12:09:33 am »
Forgot to look at the dates on the posts  :o
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« Reply #182 on: July 24, 2014, 02:14:49 pm »
Today's Air Force Magazine Daily Report contains what may be an oblique reference to a new USAF MALE type in service in Africa:


The 2014 National Defense Appropriations Authorization bill, includes language referencing a "medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle with flexible multi-intelligence sensor and communications relay capabilities," which is currently being flight tested by the Air Force for use by US Africa Command forces. Personnel both in Congress and in the Air Force remain tight-lipped about the aircraft's development and functionality, but the NDAA "encourages" the Air Force Secretary "to adopt a plan for these assets that would preserve their ability to be deployed if AFRICOM or any other combatant command" identifies a need.

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Today's Air Force Magazine Daily Report contains what may be an oblique reference to a new USAF MALE type in service in Africa:


The 2014 National Defense Appropriations Authorization bill, includes language referencing a "medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle with flexible multi-intelligence sensor and communications relay capabilities," which is currently being flight tested by the Air Force for use by US Africa Command forces. Personnel both in Congress and in the Air Force remain tight-lipped about the aircraft's development and functionality, but the NDAA "encourages" the Air Force Secretary "to adopt a plan for these assets that would preserve their ability to be deployed if AFRICOM or any other combatant command" identifies a need.

Was this not the Aurora Flight Science 'Orion' - 120 hours on station, 20 thousand foot ceiling, loads of weird payload pods and comms relay kit?

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« Reply #184 on: July 24, 2014, 07:10:05 pm »
Or Lockheed's MPLE that was revealed not too long ago. 

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« Reply #185 on: July 24, 2014, 09:37:23 pm »
Or Lockheed's MPLE that was revealed not too long ago.

Could also be GA Avenger, which was just turned over to USAF

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« Reply #186 on: August 12, 2014, 01:25:49 pm »
http://theweek.com/article/index/264769/this-laser-armed-drone-could-blow-fighter-jets-out-of-the-sky

http://www.au.af.mil/au/afri/aspj/digital/pdf/articles/2014-May-Jun/F-Byrnes.pdf?source=GovD

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Byrnes focuses on famed fighter pilot John Boyd's classic observe-orient-decide-act decision cycle — the "OODA loop" — which predicts that victory in combat belongs to the warrior who can assess and respond to conditions fastest.

Like a fighter pilot trying to out-turn his opponent in a dogfight, the trick to OODA is quickly making the right decisions while your enemy is still trying to figure out what's going on.

It's a battle of wits in which computers are superior, according to Byrnes. "Every step in OODA that we can do, they will do better."

Byrnes envisions a drone designed from the start to utilize the full potential of an unmanned dogfighter. The FQ-X would be constructed of advanced, difficult-to-detect "metamaterials." It would have extremely powerful computers that could determine an enemy aircraft's position from even the scantest of sensor data.

"The principle of 'first look, first kill' belongs to the aircraft with the most processing power and the best software to leverage it," Byrnes writes.

The FQ-X would also have multispectral optics and computer vision software that would enable it to distinguish friendly from enemy aircraft. The drone would pack a laser or a cannon firing armor-piercing incendiary rounds.

To sweeten the robot's victory, on-board machine-learning systems would analyze the encounter and transmit tips to other combat drones.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #190 on: September 05, 2014, 03:19:52 pm »
Ha ha, I was on this very page only yesterday. There's just too much in Popular Mechanics to share, really. Thanks for doing it, anyway...

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« Reply #191 on: September 05, 2014, 03:36:05 pm »
Thank you my dear Skyblazer.

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« Reply #192 on: September 25, 2014, 09:09:50 am »
Again the DARPA Loiter UAV.
http://books.google.com.eg/books?id=69IDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA28&dq=popular+mechanics+pulse-jet&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QwEDVOHlBJGVas_OgJgI&ved=0CD0Q6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=popular%20mechanics%20pulse-jet&f=false

To claim that this is a "DARPA Loiter UAV" is RIDICULOUS! This is a Popular Mechanics design which was created in response to DARPA's specifications for a UAV to be called the Peregrine. "Loiter" and "Attack" are two modes of operations (the UAV can loiter or it can attack) described in the images. It's ALL IN THERE!!! At the URL you provided yourself!!

If you don't understand an article very well because it's not your language, that's understandable, but PLEASE do not assert things like that, it can lead to a lot of confusion! Ask someone who speaks the language properly so they can explain it to you. I've said it many times before, but this is a reference source to many people, we can't afford to be vague, evasive or erroneous!
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My dear Skyblazer,


I explained that in reply # 20,it was two UAV concepts,and and of course I did't mean it in
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« Reply #194 on: December 29, 2014, 04:09:24 pm »
Model of Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk proposal for Canada found on eBay manufactured by Toys & Models Corporation.

Source:
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« Reply #195 on: January 23, 2015, 04:53:25 pm »
http://www.popsci.com/darpa-wants-drones-hunt-packs

Like the "6th generation" attack aircraft artwork though don't know how realistic it is  :o

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This one is really nothing more than artist's concept.
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« Reply #198 on: April 14, 2015, 10:17:03 am »
http://www.onr.navy.mil/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2015/LOCUST-low-cost-UAV-swarm-ONR.aspx

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2015

By David Smalley, Office of Naval Research

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program.

LOCUST can launch swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm an adversary. The deployment of UAV swarms will provide Sailors and Marines a decisive tactical advantage. (Watch: LOCUST video on YouTube)

“The recent demonstrations are an important step on the way to the 2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs,” said ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni.

The LOCUST program includes a tube-based launcher that can send UAVs into the air in rapid succession. The breakthrough technology then utilizes information-sharing between the UAVs, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions.

Since the launcher and the UAVs themselves have a small footprint, the technology enables swarms of compact UAVs to take off from ships, tactical vehicles, aircraft or other unmanned platforms.   

The ONR demonstrations, which took place over the last month in multiple locations, included the launch of Coyote UAVs capable of carrying varying payloads for different missions. Another technology demonstration of nine UAVs accomplished completely autonomous UAV synchronization and formation flight.

ONR officials note that while the LOCUST autonomy is cutting edge compared to remote-controlled UAVs, there will always be a human monitoring the mission, able to step in and take control as desired.

“This level of autonomous swarming flight has never been done before,” said Mastroianni. “UAVs that are expendable and reconfigurable will free manned aircraft and traditional weapon systems to do more, and essentially multiply combat power at decreased risk to the warfighter.”

UAVs reduce hazards and free personnel to perform more complex tasks, as well as requiring fewer people to do multiple missions.

Lowering costs is a major benefit of UAVs as well. Even hundreds of small autonomous UAVs cost less than a single tactical aircraft — and, officials note, having this capability will force adversaries to focus on UAV swarm response.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s Sailing Directions to the fleet note that over the next 10 to 15 years, the Navy will evolve and remain the preeminent maritime force. It directs: “Unmanned systems in the air and water will employ greater autonomy and be fully integrated with their manned counterparts.”

David Smalley is a contractor with the Office of Naval Research


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« Reply #199 on: April 22, 2015, 11:22:35 am »
http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/04/marines-testing-piggyback-hunter-drones/110671/

Can think of a few interesting concepts of operations. UAV launched from a UGV loaded with Griffins or Javelins or JAGMs flies off finds and lases back target coordinates to UGV........
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« Reply #201 on: May 20, 2015, 09:36:22 pm »
Autonomous Horizons

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The Air Force is a few weeks away from releasing “Autonomous Horizons,” a new technology forecast focused on how USAF will expand its use of systems that “require less human interaction” to perform missions, outgoing USAF chief scientist Mica Endsley said Wednesday. She told reporters at the Pentagon there are “no plans” to remove human beings from functions involving the release of weapons, but that humans will need automation help to assimilate the overwhelming amounts of data now being generated by machines, such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems and diagnostic devices. Among many applications, the report will address how unmanned platforms could fly escort for manned combat aircraft, carrying additional weapons that the human flight leader could target with his own jet’s sensors. While that’s “not a program of record, yet,” Endsley said such a capability is five to 10 years away, and is “being explored by [the] Air Force Research Lab.” Nearer-term​ autonomy is needed so that remotely piloted aircraft can continue their missions if communications links to ground-based operators are severed, she said. Autonomous systems hold promise for tasks ranging from runway repair to protecting satellites, which currently have little in the way of defensive systems, she also noted. The big tech push will be to expand “manned/unmanned teaming.”
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« Reply #211 on: October 26, 2015, 01:01:58 pm »
here is a UAS DP-12 and DP-14 tandem rotor

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« Reply #212 on: October 26, 2015, 02:47:43 pm »
here is a UAS DP-12 and DP-14 tandem rotor

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The Predator XP production line is now up and running, if this report is to be believed:

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has delivered its final batch of unarmed RQ-1s to the Italian Air Force, marking the last delivery of the iconic Predator A after two decades of production.

Assembly of the remotely-piloted aircraft officially ended in 2011 upon final delivery of an armed MQ-1 Predator to the US air force, which has since switched to buying the heavier MQ-9, known as the Reaper or “Predator B”.

A spokeswoman for the company says the last Italian aircraft were delivered on the Predator XP assembly line, which is an improved, export-ready derivative of the classic pusher-propeller Predator with the same downward “V” tail and basic airframe.

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Drone company demos how blood air-drops will work in Rwanda (Associated Press)

EDIT: Below is a video from February of this year about the project.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #240 on: January 06, 2017, 06:21:16 am »
Some news on DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program: http://www.vocativ.com/389471/darpa-planes-drones/
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http://www.onr.navy.mil/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2015/LOCUST-low-cost-UAV-swarm-ONR.aspx

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2015

By David Smalley, Office of Naval Research

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program.

LOCUST can launch swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm an adversary. The deployment of UAV swarms will provide Sailors and Marines a decisive tactical advantage. (Watch: LOCUST video on YouTube)

“The recent demonstrations are an important step on the way to the 2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs,” said ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni.

The LOCUST program includes a tube-based launcher that can send UAVs into the air in rapid succession. The breakthrough technology then utilizes information-sharing between the UAVs, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions.

Since the launcher and the UAVs themselves have a small footprint, the technology enables swarms of compact UAVs to take off from ships, tactical vehicles, aircraft or other unmanned platforms.   

The ONR demonstrations, which took place over the last month in multiple locations, included the launch of Coyote UAVs capable of carrying varying payloads for different missions. Another technology demonstration of nine UAVs accomplished completely autonomous UAV synchronization and formation flight.

ONR officials note that while the LOCUST autonomy is cutting edge compared to remote-controlled UAVs, there will always be a human monitoring the mission, able to step in and take control as desired.

“This level of autonomous swarming flight has never been done before,” said Mastroianni. “UAVs that are expendable and reconfigurable will free manned aircraft and traditional weapon systems to do more, and essentially multiply combat power at decreased risk to the warfighter.”

UAVs reduce hazards and free personnel to perform more complex tasks, as well as requiring fewer people to do multiple missions.

Lowering costs is a major benefit of UAVs as well. Even hundreds of small autonomous UAVs cost less than a single tactical aircraft — and, officials note, having this capability will force adversaries to focus on UAV swarm response.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s Sailing Directions to the fleet note that over the next 10 to 15 years, the Navy will evolve and remain the preeminent maritime force. It directs: “Unmanned systems in the air and water will employ greater autonomy and be fully integrated with their manned counterparts.”

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« Reply #245 on: March 28, 2017, 06:26:44 am »
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« Reply #246 on: March 30, 2017, 07:52:13 am »
So they want to build a 777 size drone that can land on water to safe the crew cost. And they got 750k$ venture capital for it.

Am I missing something here? Normally you use older airliners for cargo, since custom build cargo planes are not more efficient and would be more expensive since they would be produced in lower numbers. The crew cost is very low compared to the purchase price of the plane and wouldnt justify a new plane development. It would make more sense to come up with an drone software/hardware package for an existing 777.

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« Reply #247 on: April 10, 2017, 04:35:00 pm »
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« Reply #248 on: April 10, 2017, 04:44:46 pm »
http://defense-update.com/20170410_have_raider.html

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From the release, it sounds like Auto-ACAS got a good workout as well.

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« Reply #250 on: June 12, 2017, 04:11:33 pm »
Seems odd it has taken so long to put JDAM's on a drone.


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« Reply #251 on: June 12, 2017, 06:04:02 pm »
Not really. JDAM is not like an early Sidewinder with a what, 30-pin connector as the interface to the aircraft.

JDAM integration requires that you have an integrated avionics infrastructure (either federated or integrated, Mission Computer, Stores Management, GPS/INS, station decoders, etc) in place in the aircraft before you can start to think about interfacing JDAM to the aircraft.  With the MQ-9, it's even worse, because you need to reach back and modify the remote operator's station functionality and interfaces to do what was previously done in the cockpit and deal with the latency of (worst case) satellite operations.

It's as they say, a non-trivial task.  This is a sign that GA-ASI has matured their software capabilities and is playing in the big leagues.   

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« Reply #253 on: June 20, 2017, 03:57:39 am »
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« Reply #254 on: June 21, 2017, 05:29:25 am »
In a Russian book about Unmanned Vehicles,

can you ID this rotor UAH concept,the right one ?.

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The one on the left is definitely a Carter concept.
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In a Russian book about Unmanned Vehicles,

can you ID this rotor UAH concept,the right one ?.
I can. It's part of my high speed helicopter UAV research work. We planned to apply the ABC concept for tandem helicopters.

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In a Russian book about Unmanned Vehicles,

can you ID this rotor UAH concept,the right one ?.
I can. It's part of my high speed helicopter UAV research work. We planned to apply the ABC concept for tandem helicopters.

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« Reply #264 on: September 01, 2017, 06:44:34 am »
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« Reply #265 on: September 02, 2017, 03:58:22 am »
What about proximity airburst payloads?  Enough shotgun pellets in the air at one time would be cheaper and more effectively than a laser targeting multiple points one after the other.

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« Reply #266 on: September 02, 2017, 04:00:53 am »
That would work only if the swarm was nice enough to arrive all at the same time and from the same general direction. If they are smarter than that, then a rapid-fire laser is a better answer.

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« Reply #267 on: September 02, 2017, 06:15:06 am »
What about proximity airburst payloads?  Enough shotgun pellets in the air at one time would be cheaper and more effectively than a laser targeting multiple points one after the other.

Good luck shooting down 30 or 40 of these, arriving simultaneously from every direction, with a shotgun.



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« Reply #268 on: September 02, 2017, 07:47:15 am »
I'd agree that lasers are the ideal solution but for 30 years they've been saying we're less than 5 years away from laser weaponry being commonplace on the battlefield.

Of course the counter has to scale for the size/capability of the UAVs in question but what can be done on the squad level versus lots of small models like those?

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Boeing Ups Autonomy Game by Acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences

Boeing announced Thursday that it will acquire Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences, which specializes in autonomous flight systems. In 2016, Aurora was awarded a contract to work with DARPA on a Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane. “The combined strength and innovation of our teams will advance the development of autonomy for our commercial and military systems,” said Greg Hyslop, chief technology officer at Boeing, in a press release. “Together, these talented teams will open new markets with transformational technologies.” The companies did not release the terms of the deal. —Wilson Brissett
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« Reply #270 on: October 06, 2017, 02:23:43 am »
I'd agree that lasers are the ideal solution but for 30 years they've been saying we're less than 5 years away from laser weaponry being commonplace on the battlefield.

Of course the counter has to scale for the size/capability of the UAVs in question but what can be done on the squad level versus lots of small models like those?

Might be time to go old school, methinks.
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« Reply #275 on: February 10, 2018, 01:56:44 am »
That looks the business actually, perhaps all that research and testing was not a complete waste.  As a UCAV it might be launched vertically from a tail sitting stance.  With an automated system it would make sense to use these from smaller vessels, perhaps use sensors to extend the range of those smaller vessels sensors or while the ship is in low emission state.

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« Reply #276 on: February 10, 2018, 09:49:12 am »
http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/02/marines-are-giving-quadcopters-every-squad/145778/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

Against a near or peer competitor as soon as the quad rotor goes up the mortar and artillery start raining down.  An armed performance armed UAS up echelon which is on target before anyone knows it is there starts making sense, but there are none on the market which make sense yet. Again USG needs to assume some risk for a decent UAS development rather than the sea of garbage on the market.

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« Reply #277 on: February 11, 2018, 09:17:09 am »
I think the approach is to nurture a specific modding industry.

With numbers on, builder would get interested to adapt their product to the military. If even a part of the R&D has been done upfront , it will be COTS adaptation with an easier integration.

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« Reply #278 on: February 12, 2018, 10:31:56 am »
I think the approach is to nurture a specific modding industry.

With numbers on, builder would get interested to adapt their product to the military. If even a part of the R&D has been done upfront , it will be COTS adaptation with an easier integration.
Pardon a stark disagreement. The guts on these things are very mature. The craft itself is need revolution and no one is offering anything near survivable for the far term. An  AF person exclaimed on a PBS special some years ago that  "We are in the Model A age of UAS. " He is near to correct. Some UCRAS designs are well along however tactical for the troops and VTOL are near zero.

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« Reply #279 on: February 15, 2018, 02:43:45 pm »
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The U.S. is to deploy new attack drones in South Korea that could be used to kill North Korean leaders and launch pinpoint strikes on its missile launch pads.

Twelve Gray Eagle/MQ-1Cs will arrive at an air base in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province in March and April. Their deployment coincides with joint South Korea-U.S. drills that will be staged in early April right after the closing of the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

Construction of a hangar and other support facilities was completed late last month, and support personnel have already arrived.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #283 on: March 14, 2018, 12:27:08 am »
https://www.military.com/defensetech/2018/03/13/marines-release-specifications-new-mega-drone.html

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The Marine Corps is a step closer to getting a large unmanned aircraft that can launch from ships, fly a radius of up to 700 nautical miles with a full payload, escort the MV-22 Osprey and other platforms, network with other manned platforms, and provide offensive air support, including targeting and strike.

This incredible unmanned aerial system is known as MUX, for Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #284 on: March 16, 2018, 11:28:35 pm »
http://www.janes.com/article/78604/kratos-cleared-to-market-mako-unmanned-wingman-internationally?utm_campaign=CL_Jane%27s%20360-Mar-16-2018_PC5308_e-production_E-7609_KP_0316_0940&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc has been granted approval by the US government to market its UTAP-22 Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally, it announced on 13 March.

The US State Department has permitted the San Diego-based company to promote its Mako jet-powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to certain undisclosed European and Asia-Pacific region countries.

News of the approval to market the Mako comes just days after the company’s president and CEO, Eric DeMarco, said in late February that Kratos was “currently working towards a large production contract with a new international customer, which we hope to receive in the next several months”. No further details were released.

As noted by Kratos, the Mako offers fighter-like performance and is designed to function as a wingman to manned aircraft, as a force multiplier in contested airspace, or to be deployed independently or in groups of UASs. It is capable of carrying both weapons and sensor systems.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #285 on: March 17, 2018, 04:12:31 am »

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc has been granted approval by the US government to market its UTAP-22 Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally, it announced on 13 March.

The US State Department has permitted the San Diego-based company to promote its Mako jet-powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to certain undisclosed European and Asia-Pacific region countries.

News of the approval to market the Mako comes just days after the company’s president and CEO, Eric DeMarco, said in late February that Kratos was “currently working towards a large production contract with a new international customer, which we hope to receive in the next several months”. No further details were released.

As noted by Kratos, the Mako offers fighter-like performance and is designed to function as a wingman to manned aircraft, as a force multiplier in contested airspace, or to be deployed independently or in groups of UASs. It is capable of carrying both weapons and sensor systems.


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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #286 on: March 17, 2018, 03:00:47 pm »
Ryan Firebee II, is that you . . . ?           ::)  ;)  ;D


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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #287 on: March 18, 2018, 05:38:36 am »
Very similar.



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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #288 on: March 18, 2018, 02:59:58 pm »
I'm assuming that the Mako has many more 'smarts' than the Firebee II, it's the airframe where the similarity lies . . .


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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #289 on: March 18, 2018, 05:02:12 pm »
The original image of the Mako looked a lot like the EADS Barracuda.  I wonder if they ran into patent problems.


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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #290 on: March 19, 2018, 12:58:10 am »
Mako = the target drone; the image you've got there is of the Kratos Valkyrie, which is essentially a stealthy Mako with the ability to drop weapons on target coordinates given to it.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #291 on: March 19, 2018, 04:11:35 am »
The original image of the Mako looked a lot like the EADS Barracuda.  I wonder if they ran into patent problems.


If Dassault didn't have any problems with their Neuron looking so much like the Boeing Phantom Ray I don't see why Kratos should.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #292 on: April 24, 2018, 07:49:44 am »
https://news.usni.org/2018/04/23/marines-zero-requirements-future-mux-unmanned-aerial-vehicle

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THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps has refined its vision for a large sea-based unmanned aerial system (UAS) after honing in on capability gaps the Marines most urgently need to fill.

Since creating a program of record for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) UAS Expeditionary (MUX) in the summer of 2016, the service has learned much about what it really needs, what industry can provide, and how to keep the program’s cost from becoming unmanageable, Col. James Frey, the director of the Marine Corps’ Aviation Expeditionary Enablers branch, told USNI News in an April 18 interview.

MUX is meant to be a Group 5 UAS capability that launches from an amphibious ship or other ship and can land either on a flight deck or in an expeditionary airfield. This large system would supplement the Marines’ Group 3 RQ-21 Blackjack and the ongoing fielding of small quadcopters at the lowest levels of the infantry – dubbed “quads for squads.”

Though the MUX was originally given a lofty set re
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #293 on: April 26, 2018, 03:50:33 pm »
From Lockheed twitter and Army Quad A summit.  I'm assuming this is in front of the Lockheed display area.

https://twitter.com/LockheedMartin/status/989602520854138880

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #294 on: April 26, 2018, 04:10:56 pm »
From Lockheed twitter and Army Quad A summit.  I'm assuming this is in front of the Lockheed display area.

https://twitter.com/LockheedMartin/status/989602520854138880

That looks like it's got a B-24 belly turret complete with .50 cal hanging out of it.  ???
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #295 on: April 26, 2018, 04:16:25 pm »
This is LM Fury 1500, unveiled back in 2011 by - then - AME Unmanned Air Systems, flying in her previous iteration since 2008.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #296 on: May 09, 2018, 08:24:02 pm »
https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/05/08/army-uber-will-partner-on-silent-rotor-technology-for-uavs/?utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

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The Army is partnering with Uber to create safer, more lethal unmanned aerial vehicle missions.

The new effort between the Army Research Laboratory and the rideshare company, announced on Tuesday, aims to create silent rotor technology.

The goal is to reduce the noise caused by traditional UAV rotors.

“When UAVs are doing an [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] mission, they’re out there collecting or observing to collect intelligence or to do surveillance,” Jaret Riddick, director of ARL’s Vehicle Technology Directorate, told Army Times after the announcement.

That mission is hampered, however, when the adversary can hear the UAV coming, Riddick said.

“They know a certain noise in the distance means a certain type of operation is underway,” he said. “When you can do that with the advantage of not being detected … it changes how you execute a mission.”
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #298 on: May 12, 2018, 11:57:49 pm »
The mishap data in the article was particularly interesting... Does anyone know where it comes from?
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #299 on: May 13, 2018, 04:11:22 am »
A 2012 Class C accident where an unnamed drone flew into an aerostat in Kuwait, destroying both the UAS and the balloon.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #300 on: May 31, 2018, 05:53:14 am »
https://news.usni.org/2018/05/29/summary-department-navy-strategic-unmanned-systems-roadmap

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Unmanned and autonomous systems will create fundamental shifts in the way that the Department of Navy (DON) conducts naval operations. Integration of unmanned and autonomous capabilities offers many advantages such as reducing personnel and manpower, risk to personnel, and operating costs, as well as offering greater persistence and range, improved speed and accuracy of data processing, and supporting a faster decision cycle. Unmanned and autonomous technologies will become a powerful and ubiquitous force multiplier in an integrated human-machine team. The combination will provide capabilities that far exceed the effectiveness of platforms or humans alone. Employment of manned/unmanned teams and technologies will transform modem warfare, increasing asymmetric operations, leveraging the technologies to the DON’s advantage, and give the warfighter the edge to win the fight.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #301 on: June 06, 2018, 04:06:26 pm »
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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Marine Corps and Navy are preparing for a high-end fight that will require ships to be distributed across the ocean rather than clustered around an aircraft carrier, and the Marines’ future Group 5 unmanned aerial system will give them the airborne early warning capability to break free from the carrier and its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft.

With the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter now fielded, an Upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) – a typical Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked on a three-ship Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), plus a couple cruisers or destroyers – is a formidable naval unit: it carries a Marine landing force, a fifth-generation stealthy fighter capability, a high-end radar paired with the Aegis Combat System, and the networking to tie them all together. The only thing missing is an airborne early warning system like the Navy’s E-2D to identify and cue surface and air threats.
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #302 on: June 07, 2018, 06:47:54 am »
What is this ?.


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« Reply #304 on: June 08, 2018, 06:10:41 am »
Thank you my dear Eric.

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #305 on: July 17, 2018, 07:53:04 am »
Anti drone drone.  I guess it's cheaper than shooting a missile.  It uses an electronically scanned Ku band radar to find/intercept enemy drones.  They must have figured out how to build them cheap.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VJ7ZMqO3xs&feature=youtu.be

Another video showing different uses for this UAV.
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« Reply #306 on: July 17, 2018, 08:39:29 am »
Anti drone drone.  I guess it's cheaper than shooting a missile.  It uses an electronically scanned Ku band radar to find/intercept enemy drones.  They must have figured out how to build them cheap.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VJ7ZMqO3xs&feature=youtu.be

Another video showing different uses for this UAV.


When it can deal with stuff like this I'll be impressed:

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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #307 on: July 17, 2018, 08:51:53 am »
We already had a topic on the AeroVironment/DARPA Broomstick, so I moved the related posts there.
https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic.10259.0

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« Reply #308 on: July 20, 2018, 02:29:45 am »
Autonomy software for generic drones.


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« Reply #309 on: July 23, 2018, 11:02:44 pm »
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One Marine could soon dispatch more than a dozen drones to jam enemy communications and take out targets -- all from a single handheld tablet.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab has successfully tested the ability to have a single Marine operate six drones in the air simultaneously. The goal is to get that up to 15 and to see the small unmanned systems stay in the air for hours at a time.

"What we're looking at is ... minimal operator burden so [a Marine's] face isn't down in a tablet," said Capt. Matt Cornachio, a fires project officer with the Warfighting Lab's science and technology division. "It's sort of having the machines do the work for you, so you give them intent and they operate."
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Re: Various UAV and UCAV designs from the USA
« Reply #312 on: November 05, 2018, 05:27:27 am »
US Navy has developed a unique flying circuit board unmanned aircraft - Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft). Each CICADA is fully autonomous, flying independently to a user-specified GPS location to deliver a small sensor suite