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  • XB-70
    Rank 4 Registered User
    • May 2018
    • 366

    Russia's searching for the "bird's eye view"

    Snowy Owl drone
    https://www.businessinsider.com/russ...purpose-2019-6

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    • mig-31bm
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Oct 2013
      • 2110

      Originally posted by Marcellogo View Post


      The Valkyrie seems me a clever concept but with a caveat or two: given that it is supposed to be launched with a booster and to land on its own belly, why the Air Force and not the Army also?

      Second, even a payload of 500lbs (i.e. a pair of SDB) is really too small for anything.
      Not any word on sensors also: if it have to autonomously find its own targets, let's forget about the 2-3 mls pricetag.
      It is pretty cheap though, so there is that

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      • Sanem
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Oct 2010
        • 592

        Kratos Valkyrie pre-series models said to be delivered by the end of the year, 20-30 for the USAF, and another 10 for unspecified clients: https://www.defence24.pl/zamowienie-...cze-w-tym-roku

        FJ33 turbofan is the possible engine (unit cost $44k).

        Details are scarce, probably for reasons of security. But I expect hundreds of production series aircraft to be delivered by 2021.
        It's unclear if this is the non-stealthy UTAP-22 or the stealthy Valkyrie, but my guess is they're basically the same aircraft, just one version is stealthy, which suggests a 70% production line commonality.
        Seeing as the basic aircraft is very simple, basically a cruise missile, a single production facility could produce hundreds of aircraft per year, and then offer stealth as an upgrade for a small increase in delivery time and cost.
        I imagine the non-stealthy UTAP-22 model could drop in price to as low as $1 million a piece.

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        • XB-70
          Rank 4 Registered User
          • May 2018
          • 366

          Another Russian drone under development. I had known about Altair and Orion-E, but I'm not sure if anyone has heard of Sirus before. (The article stupidly claims it is powered by a turbojet when it is clearly a turboprop)

          https://www.defenseworld.net/news/25...k#.XXETAuR8CUk

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