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Thought it was time for this thread.

First up an EU financed project LOTUS (Low Observable Tactical Unmanned System), this is a swarming UAV system with a mothership uav with 4 small folding wing UAVs


The airframe of the mothership UAV will apparently be based on the RX3

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The LOTUS project has the objective of the development of a low-observable tactical RPAS with the capability to provide near real time information and with modern self-protection. The Tactical UAV project has the duration of 45 months. The development will include: a mothership TRPAS equipped with ISR sensors, designed for low observability and high endurance, incorporating a self-protection system against enemy threats; a system of tube-launched, 4 foldable-wing drones, deployable from the mothership, while the 4 small UAVs remain at a safe distance, on-board sensor data processing capabilities for target detection, recognition, identification and classification, and a ground station.
 

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Looks like something pulled out of a troll mind... A Rotax engine (or something similar) and a refueling receptacle...
Really?
Aside of the tactical black paint sheme, I don't see anything that could comes...from the Black world.

Moreover, a loyal Wingman flies... As a Wingman with a fighter. Unless this small two blades prop is supersonic (bye bye acoustic stealth), this is not the case.

So, now tell me we sped through the early months of 2021 to put 2020 far behind us and that this is a post for the 1st of April's fool Day... :rolleyes::oops:
 
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There is an ambition there - this is a demonstrator dressed up to illustrate what could be done, mostly to assist funding for what they really care about - likely the mothership/children concept.
 

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Looks like something pulled out of a troll mind... A Rotax engine (or something similar) and a refueling receptacle...
Really?
Aside of the tactical black paint sheme, I don't see anything that could comes...from the Black world.

Moreover, a loyal Wingman flies... As a Wingman with a fighter. Unless this small two blades prop is supersonic (bye bye acoustic stealth), this is not the case.

So, now tell me we sped through the early months of 2021 to put 2020 far behind us and that this is a post for the 1st of April's fool Day... :rolleyes::oops:
The airframe of the mothership UAV will apparently be based on the RX3
The actual operational UAV is under development now, the RX3 is (one of the UAVs) what got them to where they are now, and is indicative of what it will be like.

Also this isn't a loyal wingman.....the thread will contain those but this ain't one.
 
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There is an ambition there - this is a demonstrator dressed up to illustrate what could be done, mostly to assist funding for what they really care about - likely the mothership/children concept.
Exactly.
The Veronte Autopilot will be the core of the Low Observable Tactical Unmanned System, it will provide various functionalities and tools which will make sure of having an advanced control system for this aircraft.

The Lotus system will include 5 UAV systems flying simultaneously, the mothership and other 4 foldable-wing drones. The Veronte Autopilot will ensure the stability of the UAV formation flight, which is the flight of multiple drones in coordination, and manage the information exchange between them. As well, the Veronte Autopilot will provide tools for the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) mission, that collects information regarding the target and tracks its movements
 

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The Dutch are developing a hydrogen/Batt powered VTOL UAV.



 

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A lot more at the link.

Escribano Mechanical & Engineering, the Spanish family-owned company specialised in design and manufacturing of complex defence systems, recently announced it has been awarded a contract for the development of an autonomous multiplatform swarm system for ISTAR purposes. Known with the acronym LISS (Long-range Intelligent Security System), the system under development by the company based in Alcalá de Henares is made of the swarm architecture and of a series of unmanned air vehicles of different types, two of them already flying.


All current and future air vehicles, which Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) will range from slightly over 1 kg up to 75 kg, are or will be fitted with the same avionics, which allows reducing not only costs but also the logistic footprint, a key issue when using high numbers of UAVs to cope with the swarm concept. “In our system all the Artificial Intelligence is on board the aircraft, and there is no hierarchy as all flying elements are one node of the system,” Jesús Martín Sanchez, responsible for swarming and UAV developments, tells EDR On-Line adding that this allows to have a highly fault tolerant system as if some of the UAVs are neutralised by enemy action, the system is inherently redundant and automatically reorganises itself.
 

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Talking about the challenges the team faced aside of COVID-19 restrictions, he said they only had six months to develop a flight demonstrator.
Development of the A400M UAV launcher is part of “Innovations for FCAS” (I4 FCAS) initiative, pilot phase of which was concluded last month. During the pilot phase, 18 innovative players worked on 14 projects in different areas, covering the whole range of FCAS elements: combat cloud, connectivity, new generation fighter, remote carriers, system of systems, sensors
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BbyL28JnOQ


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I don't know why they insist with a launch from an a400 when this platform is the least succeptible to bring an effect on the battlefield due to its lowest availability of all cargo (and if you have numerous drone to launch, you'll divide that availability by their number to get the system availability... That will put you in a low single digit) and also why an A400M to demo the system when it's there with the complex slipstream that they will face the most challenges... Logic would have firstly dictated a C-130 and secondly a drone with the highest wing loading ratio.

Last but not least, the catapult frame raise the drone away from the platform underside, putting the zone where the drone penetrates the slipstream possibly closer to the turbulent wake.

I am flabbergasted.
 
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German based Quantum systems Vector/Scorpion 2 in 1 VTOL/rotary UAS

The next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles is a 2-in-1 VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) system. The 2in1 System design opens up further applications with the “Scorpion” configuration – By removing the wings and attaching a separate set of copter arms a dedicated multi copter platform becomes available for an even wider variety of mission applications.
The video shows how the quick snap on/snap off conversion works...interesting

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