Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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55 unmanned systems inside October/November 2016 Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron, announced a new tiltrotor, the V-247 VIGILANT, in September. The Vigilant has a 65-foot wingspan and a 30-foot rotor diameter with an internal mission payload of 2,000 lb and a sling payload of 9,000 lb. Designed primarily for maritime environments, the drone can take- off and land from an aircraft carrier. With a mission payload of 600 lbs it can handle more than 11 hours time on station over a mission radius of 450 nm. According to a press release, the bays on the Vigilant are designed to carry high-definition sensors, fuel, so- nar buoys, light detection and rang- ing (LiDAR) modules, 360-degree surface radar modules, an MK-50 torpedo or Hellfire or JAGM missiles optimally. It's capable of cruising at 250 knots, has a combat range of 450 knots at endurance speed, and can refuel in the air—something that has been practical for manned aircraft for de- cades but is a relatively new develop- ment for UAS. The first air-to-air UAS refueling was conducted by Northrup Grumman's X-47B, a demonstration vehicle, in 2015. The Vigilant could be available for production as soon as 2023. PRACTICE. POLICY. ENGINEERING. ENGINEERING. POLICY. PRACTICE. BELL HELICOPTER INTRODUCES V-247 VIGILANT TILTROTOR

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