U.S. NAVY AERIAL VEHICLES
SCAN EAGLE NEWS:
The U.S. Navy is currently undertaking a pilot program to deploy ships with the Institu Group and Boeing Company’s Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The four foot long by ten foot wingspan UAV is capable of remaining on station for over 15 hours and can operate in heavy rain and winds. Scan Eagle is equipped with an infrared or optical inertial stabilized gimbaled camera that can easily track mobile and non-moving targets.Scan Eagle should see its first mission deployment on U.S. Naval ships in 2007. It will be capable of being controlled via line of sight communications link from the ship and will offer superlative reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities. For various ship’s missions such as anti-piracy, anti-drug operations and anti-smuggling and VBS operations, the Scan Eagle would provide excellent and nearly undetectable video. When deployed, Scan Eagle would be able to be launched via a flight deck mounted removable catapult and recovered via a flight deck mounted removable recovery net. It would be controlled via remote from a ship designed control station using multiple view screens.
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FUTURE NAVY UAV APPLICATIONS:
The U.S. Navy, as well as the Army, is looking at a potential helicopter version for its next generation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The UAV manufactured by Northrup Grumman called the MQ-8B Fire Scout would be able to fly at 20,000 feet for up to eight hours while transmitting optical and infrared imagery. If the project goes to production, it could see the battlefield as early as 2008.
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