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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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