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US Navy deployed UAV vertical takeoff

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US Navy deployed UAV vertical takeoff

The US Navy has confirmed its plans to deploy vertically taking off MQ-8 Fire Scout (VTUAV vertical take-off unmanned aerial vehicle) unmanned aerial vehicles (Littoral Combat Ship) type VTUAV (vertical take-off unmanned aerial vehicle) .


According to the command of the naval systems of the naval forces, during the deployment of the frigate Fort Worth (Fort Worth, LCS-3) of the Freedom type in the South-East Asia region (Singapore), which is planned for the end of 2014, the ship will be equipped with a module for conducting surface combat operations of the SUW (surface warfare) type, which will include the Fire Scout MQ-8B UAV. The combat module of the SUW type for the LCS-3 frigate in its functional purpose will be completely identical to the module of this type, which is installed on the lead ship LCS-1 Freedom, with the exception of the added Fire Scout UAV.

The SUW module on the Freedom ship includes two 30-mm cannons, two 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boats), an SH-60R deck helicopter, a subdivision aviation specialists in the composition of 23 people, a subdivision for conducting surface combat operations in the composition of 19 people, a module for ensuring safety at sea.

In addition to this squadron, the MQ-8B Fire Scout developed by Northrop Grumman with a 1360 kg mass and flight duration of about 8 hours will be based on the Fort Worth frigate.

During 2013, the Fort Worth frigate conducted sea trials to test compatibility with VTUAV type UAVs.

According to the staffing table, each SUW combat module on the LCS frigate has three MQ-8B UAVs. However, discussions are currently underway about the basing on the ships of this type of new version of the Fire Scout UAV - MQ-8C. This rotary-winged vehicle was created by Northrop Grumman based on the Bell-407 civilian helicopter and has a mass of (2720 kg) twice the MQ-8B, has a flight duration of 15-16 h, and can carry an 1200 kg payload. In this regard, in the composition of the combat module SUW can be used two UAVs MQ-8C instead of three MQ-8B.

The first MQ-8C UAV was delivered to the US Navy in July 2013 and completed its first flight on October 31 2013.
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  1. T-100
    T-100 23 January 2014 10: 20
    +1
    Americans see crazy on the vertical)))
    1. St Petrov
      St Petrov 23 January 2014 15: 53
      -2
      it is more expensive than the classic scheme. someone is rubbing their hands. This is a good example of the "cut" in the Pentagon budget.

      something like designing a pen for zero gravity
      1. clidon
        clidon 23 January 2014 16: 45
        +1
        Vertical lines are great for limited decks, which the US Navy has in abundance.

        PS The Pentagon did not develop a pen for zero gravity.
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    3. Windbreak
      Windbreak 23 January 2014 17: 25
      0
      The article deals with the unmanned helicopter MQ-8
  2. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 23 January 2014 11: 05
    +3
    Where are we looking?
    1. crambol
      crambol 23 January 2014 12: 33
      +3
      And we look in which foreign country to buy mansions.
    2. lelikas
      lelikas 23 January 2014 13: 11
      +2
      Quote: polkovnik manuch
      Where are we looking?

      And we look at the side of Photoshop and 3Dmax.
      1. Zlodeey
        Zlodeey 23 January 2014 13: 56
        0
        Why so? Not certainly in that way!
        1. Nayhas
          Nayhas 23 January 2014 14: 19
          +4
          Quote: ZloDeey
          Why so? Not certainly in that way!

          We also know how to make papier-mâché ...
  3. Zinc
    Zinc 23 January 2014 11: 06
    +1
    To sit / take off without a specially equipped platform is important when attacking.
  4. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa 23 January 2014 11: 08
    +10
    Having placed UAVs of vertical take-off and landing on the ships of the literal zone, the Yankees immediately solve 2 tasks: over-the-horizon inspection of significant water areas, broadcasting the ship online of the situation; and the second - real-time targeting of airborne weapons with a short data obsolescence period and (if necessary) the use of the 2 UAV in the strike version. Thus, they translate military operations in the literal zone on a non-contact principle: the loss of a UAV is not a loss of a ship during a clash. Apparently this is the path that other naval forces of the world will follow.
    1. lelikas
      lelikas 23 January 2014 13: 08
      +2
      Everything is so, only the littoral zone - otherwise the library turns out laughing
      1. Boa kaa
        Boa kaa 23 January 2014 18: 53
        +3
        Quote: lelikas
        only the littoral zone - otherwise the library turns out

        Thanks for the correction: in a hurry to work - there was no time to check. smile
  5. Nitarius
    Nitarius 23 January 2014 13: 16
    +1
    Quote: BoA KAA
    Having placed UAVs of vertical take-off and landing on the ships of the literal zone, the Yankees immediately solve 2 tasks: over-the-horizon inspection of significant water areas, broadcasting the ship online of the situation; and the second - real-time targeting of airborne weapons with a short data obsolescence period and (if necessary) the use of the 2 UAV in the strike version. Thus, they translate military operations in the literal zone on a non-contact principle: the loss of a UAV is not a loss of a ship during a clash. Apparently this is the path that other naval forces of the world will follow.

    I agree completely!
    + if they achieve Great Success in ELECTRONICS which DISSOLVES ..then there will be Nothing to Communize!
    And as you know - who warned THAT ARMED!
  6. iulai
    iulai 23 January 2014 14: 25
    +1
    Soon they will have attack underwater drones, and we are all launching astronauts. I want to know if there is at least some sense for the country from astronauts? Or are we pretending that we are doing space using Soviet narobots? Fighting with a shout of "hurray" with the political officer ahead will not work. And attack underwater drones will disable any nuclear submarine.
    1. clidon
      clidon 23 January 2014 16: 46
      +2
      Launches of astronauts is a science and money. What does underwater drones have to do with it?
      1. lelik613
        lelik613 24 January 2014 07: 31
        0
        The work of a taxi driver is not a science and not money, especially if they are driven alone, but others receive money
        1. clidon
          clidon 24 January 2014 16: 57
          0
          ISS is not a science? Launchers are not high technology? Money gets the budget, how else?
  7. mountain
    mountain 23 January 2014 15: 50
    +1
    You don’t really understand, we have secrecy, as in the USSR we are not used to bragging about our achievements in the military, as the United States does. They passed a law on flying drones in airspace, and they issued an imfu about fish. Let them now tell the whole world how our artificially eagles study foreign bases, and the insects that recently lived near us and we called them Stasiks now perform secret tasks in different parts of the world. This is our policy. We will wait for news from our artificial friends.
  8. Bezz
    Bezz 23 January 2014 15: 59
    +1
    Estimated view of the Hydra unmanned submarine transport vessel for launching flying and underwater unmanned vehicles
    Source: www.suasnews.com
    New underwater vehicles are much cheaper than other devices used for underwater research, they produce less noise than attract the military. New underwater vehicles manufactured by Teledyne Webb Research Corporation. Slocum Glider, used in Rutgers, cost only from 125 to 150 thousand dollars.
    Naturally, their military use is also envisaged: one of the largest fleets of underwater drones is already at the disposal of the US Navy, as many as 65 vehicles. Once, underwater robots will be engaged in hunting for Russian or Chinese nuclear submarines, maybe they are already doing this today.
    In my opinion, even though I am a land explorer, an increase in the number of Russian submarines of new projects will be leveled out by a large increase in such vehicles. This is bad.
  9. ULxaw86
    ULxaw86 23 January 2014 17: 44
    +1
    Am I the only one to see Bombardier in the picture? ...
    1. viktorR
      viktorR 23 January 2014 18: 59
      0
      No, there are two of us)
      1. mountain
        mountain 23 January 2014 19: 23
        0
        Already three, I, too, see something.)))
  10. Andriuha077
    Andriuha077 24 January 2014 02: 15
    0
    UAV "Kite" - a medium unmanned helicopter with a coaxial arrangement of propellers, its characteristics:
    - weight - 500 kg .;
    - range - 300 km .;
    - payload mass - 150 kg .;
    - flight time - up to 3 hours;
    - maximum speed - 170 km / h.

    Small rocket ships that we could (keyword) replace the 1239 Sivuch project
    The exclusion of the swivel columns releases the stern to accommodate the runway and sliding hangar, and the use of unmanned aircraft (light return type aircraft helicopter remotely piloted aircraft) when solving shock problems increases the efficiency of solving problems and safety for the ship.
    A structural feature of the hull of the skeg ship is two horizontal keels for the entire length of the hull, on which in the coastal strip or in shallow water it can rise as stationary supports. The ship, moving on an air cushion, can overcome shallows and approach the unequipped shore to a depth of 1 m, where, sitting on its keels, it can carry out loading, unloading, rescue or special operations. At the same time, it is incomparably simpler, cheaper and more reliable compared to ekranoplans.
    1. Andriuha077
      Andriuha077 14 February 2014 15: 30
      0
      At the Blacksifor exercises, the Samum ship will represent Russia
      High speed allows the ship not to fall into the capture of homing missiles, for the same reason it does not have time to catch a torpedo.
      http://warfiles.ru/show-48450-na-ucheniyah-bleksifor-rossiyu-predstavit-korabl-s
      amum.html