Statilius said:Some funding may be coming through in the next month from the AirForce to allow for continued engine testing. That would be the main propulsion unit only however. It began last year but was never finished due to funding.
donnage99 said:VARIOUS is an government funded program? Since when? I've always thought it was only one of the various paper concepts Lockmart thrown on the table.
AeroFranz said:Agreed. I am a little bit skeptical about the folding gatling gun, though
saintkatanalegacy said:I fail to see the practicality of VTOL...
Your going to get at very best 30 milliseconds of latency per 1000 miles. The encryption of the connection may generate even more. So you couldn't reasonably command the guns from CONUS on an actively "juking" target. The operator would have to pickle the bad guy and let the computer do the rest.Colonial-Marine said:When it comes to guns on a UAV, would the delay between the UAV operator and the aircraft responding to his/her commands be enough to hurt accuracy and the operator's ability to hit targets? In this case, the Navy operator is certainly closer than someone operating a UAV in Afghanistan back in the mid-west USA, but would the delay between command input and the aircraft following those commands be a problem?