American program J-UCAS
In America, the development of a multi-functional UAV the size of a fighter is in full swing.
Unknown agency of promising developments DARPA sponsors a new program to create multi-purpose drone UAVs J-UCAS.
The program Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems aims to develop UAVs whose tasks include: reconnaissance, observation and provision of full and maximum up-to-date information about the disposition of enemy troops; the suppression of its anti-aircraft bases, the conduct of electronic attacks, "point-like" destruction of the enemy. The same BLAH must independently make refueling in the air.
On-line requirements of the program:
Fighting radius: 1300 nautical miles (2400 km)
Combat load: 4500 pounds (2 tons)
The first flight made in 2002. 2 UAVs were built for flight tests.
Empty weight: 3600 kg
Fuel reserve: 1200 kg
Payload: 680 kg
Cruising speed: 0,75M
Flight height: 9000 m
Northrop Grumman X-47A
First flight 2003g. An 1 instance was built. The development is supervised by US naval forces. The UAV is developed taking into account the possibility of take-off from the deck of the aircraft carrier.
It is created in conjunction with the US naval forces. The most group of developed. It has an annual weight of about 16 tons.
Northrop Grumman X-47B
The "big" UAV created by Northrop Grumman as a shock deck UAV. Must have weight in 19 tons and with it have 2 tons of payload with the flight range (without refueling) 6000 km (!)
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